I have a reputation for saying that the University of Cincinnati is the #hottestcollegeinamerica. I don’t just say it, in fact, I believe it. And one of the greatest attributes that makes us such a great university is our diversity. Our campus community encompasses people of all different races, ethnicities and genders along with individuals from all walks of life and a multitude of cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. This inclusiveness makes UC a mirror of the world in which we live.
At UC, our mission statement points out that inclusion is part of our purpose, and in our Diversity Plan we embrace the notion that our university cannot truly achieve excellence if we are not also truly diverse. Excellence and diversity go hand in hand. We acknowledge that while we have a long-standing history of diversity and a commitment to diversity, we always have room for improvement. Our Diversity Plan places us on a path for continuous improvement and reminds us that we each have a personal role in creating an environment that welcomes and affirms diversity in all its forms.
This year, our UC community can take pride in the fact that our university has received honors for our diversity efforts – an award given for the very first time by Insight into Diversity Magazine recognized UC and 47 others colleges and universities for Higher Education Excellence in Diversity. Another award, from the South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, named UC the Corporation of the Year for its efforts in improving its relationships with minority vendors.
While awards are nice, what remains most important is that each of us recognizes the unique contributions we can make to foster a university community that welcomes and embraces diversity.
Santa J. Ono
President, University of Cincinnati