The mission of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Council is to serve as an advisory group to the president and campus community, providing strategic advice and recommendations based on observations, reports and monitoring concerning diversity on the University of New Haven campus.
The IDEA Council is committed to bringing together students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni of all identities. These identities—including, among others, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, religion, varying physical ability and mental abilities, marital status, national origin, socioeconomic status, creed, class, age, profession, veteran status and regional identity—carry socially constructed meaning and value. As members of the Council, our commitment is to the cultural competency, intercultural and personal development that is best supported in a climate that respects differences and provides a sense of belonging and inclusion.
At the University of New Haven, diversity means embracing and celebrating the many differences that exist among the members of a dynamic, intellectual and inclusive community and welcomes the full spectrum of human characteristics, ideas and world views. As such, the IDEA Council strongly values the broad range of perspectives arising from our diverse society and the campus community. Diversity stimulates learning, encourages imagination and benefits all – students, employees and the greater community. It creates an environment that fosters appreciation of the values, skills and abilities of everyone.