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Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, Jacksonville State University seeks a campus climate that embraces, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our pledge to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our vow to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs that further our understanding of individual and group diversity.

The concept and dimensions of diversity should be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of University activity, including student life, syllabus, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of University endeavors.

Dimensions of Diversity    Affirmative Action Laws   Americans with Disabilities Act 
Equal Employment Opportunity    Resources  Diversity and Inclusion Committee  
Strategic Plan 2017-2022 Calendar of Observances

A Message from the President

Diversity and Inclusion are extremely important to all of us at Jacksonville State University.  As the Friendliest Campus in the South, we are a very welcoming and inclusive community to all.  We welcome people to visit, work, play, and study on our campus irrespective of their race, color, creed, place of origin, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation etc.  Diversity and inclusion makes us better, stronger and more successful, and we are proud of our diversity

Our University Strategic Plan reflects the importance of diversity and provides global perspectives reflecting that we respect others and their ideas no matter who they are and from where they hail.  Diversity of ideas and openness to others’ opinions and perspectives makes the university stronger and develops students into better future professionals and citizens.  A true university is still a bastion for free speech and debate; JSU is proud to reflect this ideal.

At JSU, we value and are committed to the concepts of inclusion, ensuring we provide access to. and opportunities for our faculty, staff, students, and the wider community to actively engage and participate in a vibrant, intellectual community which supports and offers a broad range of ideas, perspectives, and educational opportunities. I encourage everyone to embrace these opportunities and to learn from each other.  At JSU we welcome a full spectrum of experiences, viewpoints, and intellectual approaches because these enrich conversations, and benefits everyone even as we are challenged to grow and think differently.

Our Diversity Strategic Plan has been developed by a dedicated committee inclusive of faculty, staff, and students. I would like to thank these individuals for a job well done.  It is clear that our Diversity Strategic Plan is consistent with our University Strategic Plan.  Achieving the goals of these plans will help JSU to reach its enormous potential in the future.  Please take the time to review this plan and integrate its strategy into your experience and service at JSU. 

Go Gamecocks!

John M. Beehler, Ph.D., CPA


The purpose of this Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan is to communicate Jacksonville State University’s (JSU) commitment to diversity and inclusion, to outline planned activities, inclusive programs and services which meet the needs of our growing community, and to remove barriers to services and programs across the University.  JSU recognizes and values the contributions made by all constituents and desires to create and sustain an even more inclusive environment for people of all races, ethnicities, faiths, and cultures to study and work in a supportive, diverse community which recognizes strengths and where new ideas are embraced.

Vision Statement

Jacksonville State University will be a national leader and model for the institutional integration of diversity, inclusion and acceptance in higher education for the 21st century.

Mission Statement

Jacksonville State University is committed to providing a transformative academic environment that values diversity, inclusivity, access and equity within the community.

Definition of Diversity

The concept of diversity encompasses an inclusive community of people with varied human characteristics, ideas, and political/world views including and not limited to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, disabilities, socio economic status, life experiences, geographical region, or ancestry. Jacksonville State University fosters an environment of equality that respects and embraces our differences.

Diversity at Jacksonville State University

The administration at Jacksonville State University (JSU) is committed to Affirmative Action and strategic plans to enhance diversity in a multicultural atmosphere. This commitment emphasizes recruiting and retaining minority faculty-staff to reflect the student population, especially the under-represented groups.

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