Four Freedoms Monument
University of Evansville students gather to enjoy the Evansville riverfront in front of the Four Freedoms Monument.
Message from the Diversity and Equity Officer
At the University of Evansville we are devoted to diversity and equity as a fundamental component of academic excellence. Diversity and equity at the University of Evansville is epitomized in countless different ways: race and ethnicity, religious, family structure, sexual orientation, age, gender and by socio-economics. Preparing students for a multifaceted world requires an education that mirrors the history, cultures, beliefs, and views of the global society in which we live, as well as knowledge of an inclusive, welcoming community derived from direct experiences and celebrations.
The diversity mission embedded in the policy and procedures of the University is made explicit in the multifaceted campus-wide agenda, which instructs the continued recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, administration, and staff, the development of inclusive curricula, ongoing education on complex cultural issues, measures to define responsibility and growth, and equal access for all campus members to participate fully at the University of Evansville.
As we actualize this vision in the years to come, we remind ourselves that while much has been accomplished, diversity and equity is not an outcome but rather a process, which is never finished. Through mindful collaboration, hard work, and dialog, the University of Evansville will create and withstand a diverse learning community, one in which we model leadership that moves us beyond tolerance, to an understanding of our global humanity and a respect for diversity and all of its facets.
LaNeeça R. Williams
Diversity and Equity Officer
History of the Office of Diversity Initiatives
The Office of Diversity Initiatives was created in the summer of 2006 with support from the University of Evansville African American Alumni Association, the University of Evansville, Board of Trustees, and community supporters.
The Office of Diversity Initiatives has a vision to become a model of excellence among regional private institutions of higher education for achieving diversity. To ensure the University of Evansville's commitment to diversity translates into effective policies, procedures, programs, and practices.