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Kinesiology's Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


As the department of Kinesiology, we celebrate and embrace diversity in all its forms. We believe that a diverse community of individuals fosters innovation, creativity, and a richer educational and professional experience for all. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all members feel welcomed, valued, respected, and empowered. 

To fulfill our commitments, we pledge to continue aspiring to the following: 

  • To value all our community members and embrace the differences that bring an abundance of perspectives and experiences to our interactions with one another. In keeping with these values, we solicit applications and welcome qualified faculty, staff, and students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented. Access to department resources and facilities must be equitable and fair. We believe that a department that is welcoming of a variety of cultures, viewpoints, and abilities is one that is best positioned to prepare future leaders, produce outstanding research, and serve the Commonwealth and beyond. 

  • To expect all members of our community to treat one another with respect and dignity. We communicate with one another in a manner that is respectful and criticism, when it is necessary, is offered constructively. Every member of our community has the right to an environment free from abuse, harassment, intimidation, discrimination, and bullying. Behavior or language that is racist, ethnocentric, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise marginalizing is never tolerated. 

  • To continually work to improve our department and ourselves by actively promoting and engaging with the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Through frequent educational programs, professional development, and advocacy, we reinforce these values within our community and promote awareness of culturally shaped values, beliefs, perceptions, and biases.