WHat Does Diversity Mean?
Equity and Inclusion
We move beyond the notion of diversity as just an aesthetic; rather, we believe it is a systematic approach that is an essential element in fulfilling our mission and purpose. As such, we developed a framework for diversity that serves as a tool to help the University more clearly define, organize, and assess its diversity efforts.
The Warner Pacific diversity framework consists of five tenets:
Equitable Campus Culture
Social Justice & Action
Equity refers to the process of creating an environment that allows for equal opportunity, access, and outcomes related to social indicators for members of historically underrepresented and marginalized groups. Equity also refers to addressing the systemic disparities that exist between individuals and groups based on their identity, background, and experiences.
Inclusion is when traditionally marginalized and underrepresented individuals and groups feel a sense of belonging and are empowered to participate in the university culture as full and valued members of the community, helping to shape and redefine the institutional culture in different ways. Inclusion also refers to creating an equitable college climate and culture that is compassionate toward and encouraging of all students, which allows all members to participate actively in building community and maximizing their potential.
As such, grounded in equity and inclusion, Warner Pacific University defines diversity as a systematic response to address the needs and disparities of historically marginalized and underrepresented groups in higher education. These groups include:
First generation college students
Students from low income backgrounds
Ethnic minority students
Students who are underprepared academically
Warner Pacific University also acknowledges and is committed to diversifying the staff and faculty of our institution so employees can adequately reflect the racial, ethnic, and gender composition of the students we serve.
Additionally, Warner Pacific University strives to create an environment and ethos that models inclusive excellence. “Inclusive Excellence” refers to creating a college environment for all Warner Pacific community members, which includes.
Opportunity, access, and success
Equitable climate and culture
Learning development and engagement
Transformational curriculum and scholarship for an urban context
Institutional infrastructure – capacity building