Be Informed

Racial, ethnic, gender, class, and religious differences can often divide people. Understanding these differences is the first step toward creating a meaningful exchange among people of all backgrounds. This reference list provides a comprehensive overview of terminology used in conversations about diversity and equity. Because language continually evolves, the information provided should be considered a work in progress. 

Diversity: A college campus is like opening a door to a world of different cultures, perspectives, and ideas. Learning with people from a variety of backgrounds encourages collaboration and fosters innovation and creativity. Providing an academic environment rich with diversity is an important part of the campus experience.

Equity: In the United States, people of color will become the new majority in education and workforce settings in just three decades. However, systemic barriers and poorly shaped policy have contributed to persistent inequities between racial and ethnic groups from classrooms to boardrooms. These challenges extend to postsecondary education and are evident in the deep gaps in student success and college attainment that exist. Equity in education is defined when all students receive the resources they need to prepare for success after high school.

Inclusion: More than ever, today’s students need to be prepared to succeed in a diverse, inclusive global workforce. Diversity and inclusion benefit communities, schools, and students from all backgrounds, as research shows that more diverse organizations make better decisions with better results.

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IU's Core Values

Indiana University adheres to the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity. In pursuing all aspects of the university’s mission, members of the Indiana University community are dedicated to advancing these core values:

  • Excellence and innovation
  • Discovery and the search for truth
  • Diversity of community and ideas
  • Respect for the dignity of others
  • Academic and personal integrity
  • Academic freedom
  • Sustainability, stewardship, and accountability for the natural, human, and economic resources and relationships entrusted to IU
  • Sharing knowledge in a learning environment
  • Application of knowledge and discovery to advance the quality of life and economy of the state, the region, and the world
  • Service as an institution of higher learning to Indiana, the nation, and the world.

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IU Diversity Assesments

The IU Diversity Assessments provides a baseline measurement for Indiana University in diversity achievement and progress over the past five years for each campus. The goal of the IU Diversity Assessment is to strengthen efforts for strategic planning university-wide.

Read IU's diversity assessments

Know your Rights

As an IU community member it is important you know your rights and responsibilities, below are a few concepts and resources to assist you.