In simplest terms, diversity means "difference." In today's world, diversity is a social concept relating to the "differences" among people--differences like race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religious beliefs, political beliefs, marital status, physical abilities, etc. Diversity also involves exploring these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions found within these differences. The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance of and respect for our differences, and appreciating that it is our differences that makes each of us special and unique.
The goal of Saginaw Valley State University and the Office of Diversity Programs is to have the campus community accept and embrace the many diverse cultures and backgrounds that surround all of us, not only at SVSU but throughout the community, the region, the nation, and the world. It is through this acceptance of each other's differences that knowledge truly begins.
The Office of Diversity Programs takes great pride in providing students and faculty with quality experiences through training and workshops, guest speakers, cultural celebrations and other resources to broaden their knowledge of diversity.
In addition to promoting diversity both on and off campus, the Office of Diversity Programs is responsible for SVSU's Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Program, and Title IX compliance. The ODP assists university administrators in not only the formation of University AA/EO and Title IX policies, but also their implementation, compliance, training and education, and problem resolution. More information can be found in our Affirmative Action and Title IX sections.
The Office of Diversity is the proud sponsor of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute (GLBRYLI) as well as the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship (KCP FFF) Initiative.
Read more about all of these featured programs below and throughout our website.
The Office of Diversity Programs is charged with the responsibility for SVSU's Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Plan. The ODP assists university administrators in not only the formation of University AA/EO policy, but also its implementation, compliance, education, and problem resolution. More information about SVSU's AA/EO program can be found in our Affirmative Action section.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688) is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices. Read more about Title IX compliance, reporting, and your rights in our Title IX section.
The Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute provides an opportunity for both SVSU and high school students from diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds to gain valuable leadership skills, training, and experiences. Visit the GLBR Youth Leadership Institute section to learn more about this fantastic youth leadership program, opportunities available, scheduled events, and the scholarships awarded.
The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship (KCP FFF) is one of numerous programs sponsored by the State of Michigan through the King-Chavez-Parks Initiatives. The purpose of the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship is to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in post-secondary education. Learn more about this program, available opportunities, and the application process in our KCP Future Faculty Fellowship section.