Diversity is consistent with our American ideals of freedom, justice, and respect. In the pursuit of academic excellence, UNCW fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff and the broader community at-large.
Diversity is an important education benefit that enhances the academic experience for all students, as it fosters the free exchange of ideas from multiple perspectives - the very foundation of higher education.
Diversity includes, but is not limited to, race, sex, age, ethnicity, color, nation of origin, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran's status, gender, educational disadvantage, socio-economic status, language, and history of overcoming adversity.
From this broad definition, it should be clear that diversity at UNCW is more than the color of one's skin - it embraces all students, from all walks of life. Through this definition, diversity becomes paramount to the greater good and significantly adds to the overall quality of UNCW's academic, cultural and social experience.
In an effort to expose the entire campus community to the ideals of diversity, and to facilitate a climate that supports diversity, UNCW offers eye-opening programming year-round. From appearances by national and international performers in art, film, and music to presentations and lectures on topics such as journalism, literature, and politics by a diverse group of leaders, educators and free-thinkers, the university's programs seek to create an open dialogue in regards to topics such as civil rights, social justice and the changing globalization of the world around us.