USF Diversity Statement
The mission statement of the University of South Florida indicates that the University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service, and community engagement. The University is a multi-campus national research university that supports the development of the metropolitan Tampa Bay Region, the State of Florida, the United States and the world. The University values cultural and ethnic diversity and global understanding. The university also values community engagement and enriching the quality of campus life (USF Strategic Plan 2007-2012).
The University of South Florida endeavors to make academic excellence inclusive by sustaining a community of free inquiry in which people of diverse race, ethnicity, veteran status, marital status, socio-economic level, national origin, religious belief, physical ability, sexual orientation, age, class, political ideology, gender identity and expression participate in, contribute to, and benefit equally, from the academic community. A diverse campus environment, in which differences are respected and appreciated, promotes more effective teaching, produces greater learning outcomes, and better prepares students for an increasingly diverse workforce and pluralistic society. Read more...
The Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) Program believes that the Program is enriched and value is added by incorporating diversity throughout the student and faculty population so that graduates are prepared to work with clients who represent a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. The RMHC Program actively reaches out to academic programs that focus on minorities and disabilities to recruit students from these populations. Faculty members are encouraged and expected to foster relationships with leaders of diverse organizations to ensure community connections and learning opportunities, as well as recruitment opportunities. The RMHC Program prohibits discrimination based on race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or age, as provided by law, in admissions of students or hiring of faculty and staff.