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Diversity Statement

The Office of Housing and Residence Life at Indiana University South Bend has a strong investment in and commitment to diversity.  We are dedicated to developing inclusive and affirming communities in which our residents feel welcomed, validated, and appreciated for their uniqueness.

Regardless of race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, ability, socioeconomic status, marital status, culture, veteran status, national origin and age, every member of the residential community has the right to live in an environment in which sensitivity, respect, and understanding are paramount.

Diversity within our residential communities is integral to fulfilling our mission to enhance the education our residents receive within the classroom. Without differences of opinion, experience, belief, perspective, background, and identity, our interactions are less than they could otherwise be. We strive to reflect diversity within both staff and leadership positions in Housing and Residence Life to ensure that decisions and initiatives implemented are inclusive and just.

We will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, particularly as it may relate to an individual’s identity. When one individual or a group of individuals acts to destroy the essence of our diverse community, or shows a lack of respect to an individual, we will respond appropriately. We will not tolerate behavior that is not in line with the belief that each individual is a valued member of our community and should be treated with dignity and respect.

Like diversity itself, our efforts to create this vision of a diverse community will continue to evolve as we learn alongside our residents.