Diversity Statement

The Moody College of Communication is committed to a culture of inclusion and equity in which all of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome and respected. We believe that embracing diversity, within our faculty, staff, students, and curricula, creates a beneficial atmosphere for teaching, learning, and inquiry, and is a necessary condition for preparing our students to succeed in a diverse world and to change it for the better.

We further believe that multiculturalism is the key that unlocks everyone’s full potential. As one of the world’s leading institutions for the study and practice of communication, we charge ourselves with creating and maintaining a culture where multiculturalism is a way of life. As a community, we commit to establish and nurture a climate of inclusion that is anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-bigotry of all kinds, and combats prejudice, hostility, or discrimination toward any culture or group.

As we advance and enhance society through the study and practice of human communication, we strive to engage and empower voices* that have been historically underrepresented, silenced, or forced to exist on the margins of society. Our community of scholars and practitioners collectively commits to amplify these voices and to amend the historical narrative of exclusion in communication education, research, and industries, so that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors know they are seen, heard, and valued.

These voices we empower and engage include individuals who belong to communities that have faced persecution on the basis of race, ethnicity, ability, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion in the U.S. and abroad; families that struggle economically, live in impoverished communities, or have been separated by incarceration or foster care; and those who have been historically excluded from higher education. Often these voices belong to individuals who identify as Indigenous/Native American, Black/African/African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian/Asian-American, Pacific Islander, international, multi-racial, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities or impairments, people with diverse religious beliefs or ideologies, first-generation students, and other people from cultures or backgrounds who have faced intolerance and discrimination.

(adopted July 7, 2020)