ACE Resolution of Diversity - ASU Mountain Home Campus
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In June 2012, the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) adopted a resolution
“On the Importance of Diversity in Higher Education”. Part of the resolution reads as follows:

[M]any colleges and universities share a common belief, borne of experience, that diversity in their
student bodies, faculties, and staff is important for them to fulfill their primary mission: providing a high-
quality education. The public is entitled to know why these institutions believe so strongly that racial and
ethnic diversity should be one factor among the many considered in admissions. The reasons include:

Diversity enriches the educational experience. We learn from those whose experiences, beliefs, and
perspectives are different from our own, and these lessons can be taught best in a richly diverse
intellectual and social environment.

It promotes personal growth-and a healthy society. Diversity challenges stereotyped preconceptions; it
encourages critical thinking; and it helps students learn to communicate effectively with people of varied
backgrounds.

It strengthens communities and the workplace. Education within a diverse setting prepares students to
become good citizens in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society; it fosters mutual respect and
teamwork; and it helps build communities whose members are judged by the quality of their character
andtheir contributions.

It enhances America's economic competitiveness. Sustaining the nation’s prosperity in the 21st century
requires us to make effective use of the talents and abilities of all our citizens, in work settings that bring
together individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Read the entire resolution at
http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Documents/BoardDiversityStatement-June2012.pdf