Diversity at SMU

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Diversity at SMU

During the last 100 years, the Mustangs of SMU have made great strides in ensuring that our university community is reflective of the larger world that we are called to serve. Our campus community consists of individuals of different races, ethnicities, religions, and political and social identities. Those differences represent unique cultures to which each of us belongs. 

 University programs supporting respect for diversity begin at student orientation, when student leaders present vignettes on social issues. For the past decade, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs has led a presentation and group sessions regarding the campus community pledge that “Every Mustang Will Be Valued.”

In addition to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, there is the SMU Campus Cultural Intelligence Initiative. The mission of CIQ@SMU is to make cultural intelligence part of the “DNA” of our SMU community by touching every aspect of our institutional life. Whether in the classroom, the Residential Commons, the office, or the fraternity or sorority house, CIQ@SMU is designed to ensure that every member of our campus is equipped to create, collaborate, and implement innovative solutions to change the world regardless of the background of those with whom they work.

Incoming students also commit to the SMU Values Statement, which was developed by student leaders in 2013: “I, as a citizen of the SMU community, commit myself to upholding the values of intellectual integrity, academic honesty, personal responsibility, and sincere regard and respect for all SMU students, faculty, and staff.”