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What is Diversity?

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.


Other Charges and Initiatives of the Office 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.


Contact Us
(989) 964-4068(989) 964-4068
(989) 964-2827

Dr. Mamie T. Thorns
Special Assistant
to the President
for Diversity Programs


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