Why Diversity

What is diversity?

Campus diversity refers to the composite of cultures recognized, embraced and/or celebrated by members of a campus community.

Villanova University is a community of diverse persons. Our differences include but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, body type, mental or physical differences, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic location, age and other social identifiers. It is important to keep in mind that these categories are not all inclusive. There are many other ways that people are diverse or different at Villanova.

We also recognize diversity of thought as an important and valued difference. One’s thought patterns, or ways of thinking are often the consequence of one’s unique cultural identity. That is, who you are is a culmination of the cultural groups you are a member of, the experiences you’ve had in your life and your willingness to learn new and different ideas.

Why Diversity

Why is diversity important for students at Villanova?

Diversity enriches the educational experience. We learn from those whose experiences, beliefs, and perspectives are different from our own, and these lessons can be taught best in a richly diverse intellectual and social environment. These environments consist of classrooms, residence halls, and common places such as the dining halls, athletic fields or even the ‘Oreo’.

  • It promotes personal growth and a healthy society. Diversity challenges stereotyped preconceptions; it encourages critical thinking; and it helps students learn to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds.
  • It’s a moral obligation. Catholic colleges and universities have moral, ethical and religious reasons to engage issues of diversity. By creating microcosms of the world, colleges and universities can serve as an example to society of how to create a better society.
  • It strengthens communities and the workplace. Education within a diverse setting prepares students to become good citizens in and increasingly complex, pluralistic society; it fosters mutual respect and teamwork; and it helps build communities whose members are recognized for the quality of their character and their contributions.
  • It enhances America’s economic competitiveness. Sustaining the nation’s prosperity in the 21st century will require us to make effective use of the talents and abilities of all our citizens, in work settings that bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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