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Mission Statements

All MICUA member institutions include a diversity component in their mission statements. MICUA institutions are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment and community, and these statements affirm the belief that diversity is essential to a quality education. Listed below are several examples of mission statements adopted by MICUA colleges and universities.

In McDaniel College’s mission statement, the College is described as “a diverse student-centered community committed to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies. With careful mentoring and attention to the individual, McDaniel changes lives. We challenge students to develop their unique potentials with reason, imagination, and human concern. Through flexible academic programs, collaborative and experiential learning, and global engagement, McDaniel prepares students for successful lives of leadership, service, and social responsibility.”

The mission statement of Notre Dame of Maryland University reads as follows, “Notre Dame of Maryland University educates leaders to transform the world. Embracing the vision of the founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University promotes the advancement of women and provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. Notre Dame challenges women and men to strive for intellectual and professional excellence, to build inclusive communities, to engage in service to others, and to promote social responsibility.”

Stevenson University offers undergraduate and graduate students “a career-focused education marked by individualized attention, civility, and respect for difference. The University blends the liberal arts with career exploration and planning, complementing a traditional education with applied learning beyond the classroom. The University meets students where they are and supports and challenges them to become reflective and accomplished individuals committed to a lifetime of learning and contribution. Students graduate with the competence and confidence needed to address creatively the opportunities and problems facing their communities, the nation, and the world.”

The diversity statement of St. John’s College reads, “The aim of education offered by St. John’s College is the liberation of the human intellect. This is an education for all, regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, sex, religious beliefs, country of origin, economic background, age, disability, or sexual orientation. By reading great books and struggling together with the fundamental questions that they raise, students and their teachers learn from their differences and discover more deeply their shared humanity.”

The mission statement of Washington College reflects a commitment to challenging and inspiring “emerging citizen leaders to discover lives of purpose and passion.” The College provides a campus culture that welcomes diversity in thought, identity, and opportunity, and is committed to providing opportunities to engage with diverse students, faculty, and staff.

Maryland Institute College of Art extolls providing all students with a faculty that is “diverse racially, culturally, and in terms of aesthetic direction” as a core component of its mission statement. The College is committed “to make sure that, regardless of race, all students receive an important real-world perspective to the classroom,” which is “further enriched by a program that regularly brings other nationally recognized artists, scholars, and critics to campus for residencies, critiques, and lectures.”

Diversity is a central component of Loyola University Maryland’s mission statement, core values, and strategic planning. The mission statement reads, “Loyola encourages openness to new discoveries, ideas, methods, and perspectives, and it actively encourages and celebrates diversity in all forms … Loyola also seeks to encourage all of its constituents to respect, value, and welcome the inherent value and dignity of each person as a gifted contributor to the community as a whole.”

Capitol Technology University’s values statement describes the institution as, “an organization with faculty and leadership who stimulate and implement new curricula for the professions we serve, and that benefits a diverse community of learners.” The University provides relevant learning experiences that lead to success in the evolving global community and educates individuals for professional opportunities in engineering, computer and information sciences, and business.

Washington Adventist University is committed to admit “students of any race, gender, age, disability, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.” The University “does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.”

Goucher College is dedicated to “a liberal arts education that prepares students within a broad, humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking … The College’s principal objectives are to help each student master significant areas of knowledge and skills while developing an appreciation for individual and cultural diversity, a sense of social responsibility, and a system of personal and professional ethics.”

Mount St. Mary’s University includes diversity as part of its mission statement and “strives to graduate men and women who cultivate a mature spiritual life, who live by high intellectual and moral standards, who respect the dignity of other persons, who see and seek to resolve the problems facing humanity, and who commit themselves to live as responsible citizens.”

Hood College highlights building a sense of community in its mission statement by “promoting a vibrant campus environment through student life initiatives that support the academic missions and student success and celebrate diversity and inclusiveness.” The commitment further speaks of “enhancing intellectual, cultural, and social relationships throughout the regional community by developing partnerships with educational institutions, government agencies, and corporations in the greater Washington-Baltimore region.” Hood College also lists “Diversity and Inclusiveness” as part of its core values.

Johns Hopkins University’s Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion issued in February 2016 declares it to be “a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence” and recognizes that “the responsibility for excellence, diversity, and inclusion lies with all of us at the institution: leadership, administration, faculty, staff, and students.” In 2006, the Principles for Ensuring Equity, Civility, and Respect for All expressed the University’s vision of “a university culture that is without illegal discrimination and embraces both equity and diversity.” The University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences envisions that “a modern college education must unfold in an environment that embraces meritocracy and celebrates diversity. We must ensure the best and brightest will be able to join our academic community without regard to family resources.” The University’s Whiting School of Engineering recognizes “the benefits of having exceptionally talented faculty, staff, and students, with a breadth of backgrounds and experiences who infuse new perspectives and ideas to our intellectual community and accelerate innovation.”

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