Mission and Goals

OEI's mission is to provide leadership and support in creating an equitable and inclusive work and learning environment. OEI is responsible for Title IX, non-discrimination, and affirmative action policies and compliance, and educates about services and resources to address concerns of bias, prejudice, harassment and discrimination campus-wide. Office staff provide workshops and programs to encourage the UD community to develop the awareness and knowledge of individuals' differences and similarities. OEI provides support and resources for complainants during grievance procedures and assists with informal mediation and problem-solving of issues.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

As prepared by the Diversity and Equity Commission and The President's Diversity Initiative

The University of Delaware's educational mission is to prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world. To do so, we are committed to fostering a robust educational environment that supports critical thinking, free inquiry, and an understanding of diverse views and values. We see diversity as a core value and guiding principle for our educational mission and thus must work to make diversity an integral part of everyday life on campus. To this end, we take diversity to mean both the recognition and appreciation of the different backgrounds, values, and ideas of those who comprise our campus, as well as a commitment to ensuring that all people on our campus are treated according to principles of fairness, civility, dignity, and equity. We are committed to building an educational community that understands people from different backgrounds and economic circumstances, with different needs, and from diverse personal and philosophical beliefs. We want to make all people who are part of the University feel welcome and valued in campus life.