Diversity among humans means variety, beginning with individual difference and proceeding to such characteristics as race and ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical and learning ability, class and other socioeconomic factors. In addition, understanding and accepting this variety requires respect of both self and others who have differing views and practices.
Furthermore, in recognizing the differences and similarities between ourselves and others, we increase our understanding of how we construct our cultural and world views.
Within this context, academic excellence can exist only when the totality of human variety is taken into account, and when the University experience is harnessed to study and, whenever possible, to strengthen capacity to redress any social and cultural inequities that were historically constructed along the demarcations of our diversity. Flowing from this understanding are a number of manifestations of excellence such as: