Diversity is an "integral and vital part of everyday life and a cornerstone value of our University" ("Guiding Principles," Path to Prominence). The mission of the Center for the Study of Diversity (CSD) is to promote academic research and scholarship that facilitates dialogues about and understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity; and to foster engagement with diverse ideas and communities as a way to represent the core value of diversity at the University. The Center focuses its activities, projects, programs and publications on research and analysis, training, information dissemination and public scholarship. The goal of these activities is to: 1) generate and transmit scholarship about specific diversity-related issues; 2) fund faculty research and projects related to diversity; 3) bring outstanding researchers and scholars of diversity to campus to share their expertise; 4) communicate the results of the Center’s research and scholarship; 5) develop partnerships and programs with local communities, and 6) assist the President’s Diversity Initiative and the Diversity and Equity Commission in identifying diversity objectives and information needs for the University.

Overview of potential center activities

  • Diversity Research Group
  • Faculty Research/Project Grants
  • Diversity Lecture Series
  • Faculty Scholar Seminars
  • Web-page
  • Monthly Diversity Updates
  • Occasional papers on Diversity
  • Regional/National Diversity Conferences