For Webster University, diversity and inclusion is more than meeting a goal or focusing on a specific representation within a combination. It is an involvement in expressive dialogue and offerings of distinct talent, thought and inquiry from individuals from various backgrounds. Webster recognizes that diversity and inclusion cultivates academic excellence. The institution also understands the success of each individual strengthens the community.
Our institution has a rich inclusive history; however, it is the future, the advancement of our efforts that produces enthusiasm. Having a multicultural presence of faculty, staff and students enrich dialogue, collaborations, provision and outreach. It is essential that our faculty, staff and students have the experiences, perspective and cultural competency to operate in an increasingly diverse environment, and that our business practices and community relations be effective at fostering positive and mutually supportive relationships within the community.
As the institution has evolved so have our strategies to expand our efforts. Key activities to welcome and increase success: funding for scholarships both institutional and privately funded, a generous financial aid program, developing curriculum, diversity in hires and leadership and accessible facilities. Current partnerships include but are not limited to: Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP), Urban League, Business Journal, Mosaic, Focus St. Louis, Catalyst, and C200.
Throughout our global footprint, Webster University will continue to enhance our commitment to diversity and inclusion while valuing the different experiences, narratives and world views of individuals and groups.
Operational Definition of Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity embraces all human differences while building on the commonalities. It serves to eliminate discrimination and exclusion based on race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion or military status.
Inclusion affords faculty, staff, students and community partners the opportunity to participate, regardless of differences. It is being included in activities and the chance to participate using one's abilities in day to day activities as a member of the community.