Stevenson University remains a place whose core values are centered on respecting and welcoming every human being no matter their ethnicity, culture, race, gender, nationality, religion, or personal differences. To support these values, the University opened the new Center for Diversity and Inclusion on Feb. 7. Located in the Caves Sports and Wellness Center in what was formerly the Academic Link, the center will be used for student, faculty, and staff programming as it relates to topics of diversity and inclusion as well as club and organization meetings. In addition, the space will include a prayer and meditation room. Natalie Gillard, who joined Stevenson as the Assistant Vice President of Multicultural Experience in 2016, oversees the center.
“I want the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to serve as a platform for reflection, discussion, and insight into the lives and experiences of individuals belonging to—as articulated in our diversity statement—all backgrounds, defined by, but not limited to, ethnicity, culture, race, gender, class, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical ability, learning styles, and political perspectives,” says Gillard. “This space is for those who know they are diverse as well as those who believe they are not as it fosters what is most important: the intentional inclusion of all members of this community. This space is for the generation of new ideas and the dismantling of misconceptions.”