Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Chico State on Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity is...

"Diversity is a place that contains different ethnicities, sexes, color, religion, cultures, beliefs, and nationalities."

"Diversity to me is a mixture of backgrounds."

"Diversity portrays race, beliefs, opinions, interests, gender, sexual orientation, physical looks, body size, talents, languages, skills, and other things that vary to each unique individual."

"Diversity is an infinite sea of voices all struggling to be heard, sometimes creating harmony and sometimes creating dissonance, but all equally valuable and distinct."

"Diversity to me is understanding. It’s far more than just tolerating...it’s different types of people… different perspectives, it’s more than acknowledging differences. Diversity is understanding where people come from, their history."

"Diversity is being accepted for who you are."

"To me, diversity simply means celebrating and honoring our differences – whether these be differences based on culture, race, gender, sexuality, language, ability, experience, or any other aspect of life – rather than allowing ourselves to be divided by our differences."

"To me diversity is not culture color or status induced. Diversity is being able to cast a wide net based on character, because sharing an ethnic or racial heritage often is displaced by cultural and economic differences, the same follows for gender and sexual orientation. The spice of life is not one bland flavor it’s a mixture of the entire cupboard."

"The coming together of people from all walks of life. Not just of ethnic or racial differences but variations of personalities and interests."

Inclusion is...

"Inclusion means my voice is being heard. I value my opinions but also hope others do to."

"Being able to let others be a part of your group or community."

"To be included, whether it be social or academically."

"To accept and not exclude any member of a particular group. Accepting diversity."

"Allowing everyone, no matter race, gender, sexual orientation, or whatever makes us different, be a part of things."