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Diversity and Inclusion

At Furman, we embrace meaningful diversity and equality as embodied by both implicit values and explicit practices in all of our endeavors. As a university community, we are committed to supporting students, faculty and staff from every walk of life.

For Furman, diversity goes beyond any single category and includes the full range of differences that encompass all that makes us unique, including differences in race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability, religion, world view and many others.

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Students on Diversity Panel

Diversity & Academic Study

At Furman, we're committed to exploring the cultural dimensions of our global community. That’s why we've developed a number of interdisciplinary minors and courses to help you understand the cultures, histories, and intellectual traditions that shape the experiences of people in our growing, pluralistic world.

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Diversity & Campus Life

We are a community of learning enriched by the wide variety of experiences and perspectives of our students. At Furman, you’ll meet students who share the same passions but approach things from different angles. Whether you’re studying biology or computer science, literature or politics, your classmates will always expose you to new ideas and possibilities.

Learn with us
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Michael Jennings walking to convocation

Chief Diversity Officer

“The key, really, is learning from each other, understanding that everyone needs their own support systems, and embracing differences. There’s not a simple answer for anything related to the issue of diversity, and it’s going to take many conversations, connections and discussions to figure out the best solutions for Furman.” — Chief Diversity Officer Michael Jennings, Ph.D.

Meet the Chief Diversity Officer

Diversity Vision and Statement

Our vision and statement together speak to the established values around diversity and inclusion that guide our path as an institution.

See our Diversity Vision and Statement

Resources and Programs

The Furman community offers multiple opportunities to connect, celebrate, and learn about diversity and inclusion.

See our resources and programs

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Our committee works to create a campus culture that reflects the character and values of the institution.

Our Committee

Awards and Grants

Our community honors individuals who advance Furman’s value of diversity and inclusion.

See our award winners

Discrimination Information

Learn about the various types of discrimination and the teams designed to help.

Learn about Reporting Discrimination

Report Discrimination

To report discrimination, please complete our anonymous form.

Report Discrimination

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Task Force on Slavery and Justice

Researching Furman's past to have a more just acknowledgment of that past.

Meet the Task Force

The Abraham Slavery Project

Inspired by Abraham, a former slave of James C. Furman, the Seeking Abraham Project will investigate the university's historical connections with slavery.

Visit the Seeking Abraham site
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Calendar of Events