Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
PCOE Commitment to Diversity
The Patton College community fosters a sense of respect and inclusion. Through educational experiences and the climate in our college, we promote increased awareness, acceptance, knowledge, and understanding of all facets of human diversity. We are committed to the recruitment, retention, and success of students, staff, and faculty who are representative of our increasingly diverse global community. Our goal is to prepare leader-educators, practitioners, and human service professionals to serve society responsibly as change agents in meeting diverse human and social needs.
PCOE Definition of Diversity
Diversity is a core value of The Patton College of Education. We align with the mission of the Ohio University Office of Diversity and Inclusion to create a "supportive and affirming environment that welcomes and respects all persons specifically those individuals and groups who have historically [and currently] been excluded, not represented, and/or rendered voiceless in society." Diversity signifies difference and heterogeneity between and among individuals, groups, and cultures. Specifically, diversity is inclusive of, but not limited to, all ages, races, ethnic groups, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, national origins, cultures, socioeconomic classes, abilities, ways of thinking, geographic regions, religions, and veteran status.