In the liberal arts, exploration and discovery is all. It is a point of pride and necessity with students and scholars of the liberal arts to approach the world around us with profound respect and appreciation for its marvelous diversity. In the liberal arts, we know that knowledge and wisdom come from our understanding and appreciating both similarities and differences in the world, be they in scientific areas, in cultural or religious traditions, or in differences of opinions or theories. This is the path of exploration and discovery, the path to truly understanding our place as citizens of this planet and the marvelous mysteries of its reality in the universe.

This perspective informs our desire for diversity in our faculty and student population and in the perspectives that are part of our academic discourse. The Diversity Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences has the special charge to help our students and faculty experience, celebrate, and learn from our diverse community and to encourage that diversity.