Furman embraces diversity and demands equality as implicit values and as explicit practices in all of its endeavors. Meaningful diversity embraces a broad and inclusive definition of "diversity" and extends beyond mere numbers and percentages. A diverse Furman requires meaningful communication, support, and shared experience among people of different identities and life experiences. Furman is committed to removing obstacles to attaining diversity and equal treatment in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups. Furman will adopt the following "Vision Statement" and "Diversity Statement" developed by the University's Committee on Diversity as part of this Strategic Planning process.
Furman University embraces diversity as an implicit value and as an explicit practice in all of its endeavors. In keeping with its educational mission and the ideals of its founding, the University seeks to build a community that upholds the inherent worth of individuals in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and civility.
Recognizing and respecting the inherent worth of each individual and respecting differences among groups, the University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Furman aspires to integrate the value of diversity into the fabric of campus life: curricular, co-curricular, and administrative.
Furthermore, Furman is committed to attaining diversity in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups. Most importantly, Furman expects all members of its community to honor the values implicit in this vision and to demonstrate a genuine willingness to move from an awareness and tolerance of difference toward understanding and acceptance.
In keeping with its educational mission and the ideals of its founding, Furman seeks to build a community that upholds the inherent worth of individuals. The University is committed to scrutinizing its practices and abolishing those that undermine the values of diversity and equality, and is committed to expanding those that cultivate an environment that encourages the success of students, staff, and faculty.