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Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity

The Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity (ODIE) leads the University’s strategic efforts in achieving institutional excellence through diversity and inclusion.  The primary role of the Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity is to provide oversight and leadership in the campus’s mission to provide a welcoming and inclusive living, learning and working environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Per the Strategic Diversity Plan, ODIE’s goals are to promote, integrate, and take action to create a diverse University Community.  ODIE is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment where students, faculty, and staff can succeed and thrive.  We seek to provide the campus community with tools and opportunities to become empowered change agents that result in a campus culture that fosters, acknowledges and celebrates the differences and similarities that define members of our community.

Mission

  • Provide leadership to UNA’s various constituencies in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of its faculty, staff, and students.

  • Pursue the maintenance and expansion of cultural competence to increase equity among faculty, staff and students.

  • Monitor and report UNA's progress towards diversity goals.
  • Strengthen UNA’s continuing pursuit of inclusion and to support one of the University of North Alabama’s core values - PROMOTING AND CELEBRATING DIVERSITY!

UNA’s Definition of Diversity

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

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