Commitment to Diversity

The College of Arts and Sciences affirms that academic excellence depends upon recruiting and supporting a diverse population of faculty, staff and students and on encouraging this diverse faculty to pursue innovative research, transformative teaching and learning, and engaged outreach.

We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action and multiculturalism in which all individuals are valued, respected, unobstructed in their pursuit of excellence, and provided opportunities to flourish. Diversity is everyone’s goal, everyone’s priority and to everyone’s benefit.

The college is therefore committed to actively building and sustaining a community in which people of diverse race, ethnicity, culture, veteran status, marital status, socio-economic level, citizenship, national origin, religious belief, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, class and political ideology fully participate in, contribute to and benefit from the resources and activities of its departments, centers and programs.

Our Community

There is no such thing as a typical arts and sciences student. Our 16,000+ students, faculty and staff represent a wide variety of ethnic, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds from around the country and from countries around the globe.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we proudly promote the principles of equal opportunity, multiculturalism, access and inclusion in which all individuals are valued, respected, unobstructed in their pursuit of excellence and provided opportunities to flourish.

In Support of Diversity

Program for Advancing in Scholarship and Service (PASS)

Arts and Sciences' Program for Advancing in Scholarship and Service (PASS) is a selective first-year academic learning community for arts and sciences students who have a shared interest in the academic, cultural, career and community benefits of diversity. PASS links you with your academic advisor, faculty, community and peers in ways that ensure your academic success and engagement.

Minority Psychology Student Association (MPSA)

The Department of Psychology Minority Psychology Student Association (MPSA) unites students in psychology through socially and culturally enriching activities and provides support and information about the psychology department, career choices and requirements for graduate studies.

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program supports underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in chemistry, computer science; geosciences; life/biological sciences; mathematics; physics; and astronomy by providing them with experiences working with faculty in laboratory settings; introducing them to academic and professional resources; providing a strong foundation upon which program participants will succeed.

Sampling Advanced Mathematics for Minority Students (SAMMS)

The goal of the Sampling Advanced Mathematics for Minority Students (SAMMS) is to inspire undergraduate students from under-represented minorities to pursue graduate studies in STEM fields with an emphasis on graduate education in mathematics. The immersive mini-course program provides students with a “sample” experience similar to what they would have in an established graduate math program at a large state university.

Society of Women in Physics (SWiP)

The Society of Women in Physics (SWiP) is an undergraduate and graduate student academic club whose goal is to promote the engagement, career development and sense of community of young women in physics. SWiP hosts monthly meetings and networking events where lots of pizza and snacks are encouraged!

Momentum: Students with Disabilities in STEM

Momentum: Students with Disabilities in STEM, assists in the education and support of students with disabilities in STEM fields. Through student mentoring, student workshops, and by creating an open and positive student community where students feel encouraged, Momentum works to increase the number of students with disabilities successfully graduating.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)

oSTEM aims to provide support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight ally students by educating peers, organizing social events and connecting with professionals in industry. For more information on oSTEM, contact the club at