How Diversity is Promoted at Southern States University

The University’s commitment to diversity, seeking and supporting a multicultural staff, faculty, and student body, is one of the institution’s greatest assets. Such a diverse community has allowed the university to infuse its academic programs and extracurricular activities with a wealth of diverse expressions and ideas.

Southern States University is committed unequivocally to having strong diversity principles. The Diversity Statement of the University is as follows:

Southern States University is committed to:

  • Engaging our community to live a peaceful life in a multicultural world;
  • Promoting an academic community whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences;
  • Promoting freedom of expression as a foundation for the pursuit of knowledge; and
  • Adhering to its Policy of Non-Discrimination. As such, Southern States University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, language, culture, social class, gender identity and expression, ability, or prior military service in the administration of its educational policies and procedures. Specifically, the University does not discriminate in admission, financial aid, employment, or entry or exit from educational courses and programs.

In accordance with its Diversity Policy, the University has outlined a stronger strategic initiative for 2021-2025, engaging the whole SSU community in its commitment for diversity, equity, and inclusion. To support this, the newly appointed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI) in 2021 has started to investigate community resources to create a slate of programs encouraging conversations to build an awareness and understanding of DEI issues. For example, part of the DEI Committee’s activities is to conduct two major talks in a year offering a venue for students, faculty, and staff to meet and share experiences in an open and friendly environment. Another example is how the faculty body at Southern States University is integrating in all courses class discussions about DEI with students.