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Diversity and Inclusion

At Quinnipiac, our mission is to create a diverse and inclusive community where every member is acknowledged, respected and has the necessary resources to thrive, both individually and together. We incorporate inclusive excellence in everything we do to create a globally engaged, culturally rich and highly collaborative campus.

Join Us at an Upcoming Event

Amplifying Latinx Voices

September 28, 2021

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)

Echlin Center EC 101 Kresge Lecture Hall

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A Place at the Table - Student of Color Affinity Space: Deconstructing Stereotypes

October 5, 2021

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)

Echlin Center EC 202 Perlroth Boardroom

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Crisis at the Border: Haitian Asylum Seekers & U.S. Immigration Policy

October 7, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

Echlin Center EC 101 Kresge Lecture Hall

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Crisis at the Border: Haitian Asylum Seekers & U.S. Immigration Policy

October 12, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

Echlin Center EC 101 Kresge Lecture Hall

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Latinx and LGBTQ+: Exploring Intersectionality, Inclusion & Pride

October 13, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (ET)

Carl Hansen Student Center SC 133 Piazza

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Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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We view inclusive excellence as an essential value that defines who we are and where we are headed as the University of the Future. Our policies and programs celebrate differences as sources of strength and empower everyone to embrace who they are and share their experiences, customs and beliefs. Our goal is to foster conversation, exposure and engagement with all people, thoughts and ideas — from all corners of the world.

Inclusivity and diversity help our students develop empathy, compassion and appreciation for the differences that make the world a fuller place. They prepare students for life after graduation and for success in a highly competitive, creative and global workforce. Moreover, they develop informed and engaged citizens ready to do their part in creating a more just and equitable world.

By the Numbers

21% Diversity

Percentage of the current first-year class who self-identify as students of color.

20% Generation Now

Percentage of the Class of 2021 who self-identify as first-generation students.

Our Journey to Inclusive Excellence

In Spring 2021, we introduced the university’s first Equity and Inclusion Report. It tracks a variety of key initiatives that are building a culture of inclusive excellence, reports on the progress we are making, and spotlights the students, faculty and staff who are bringing this important work to life. This report will be updated twice a year.

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Be Involved

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College is a time to grow socially, develop a global mindset and meet people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

At Quinnipiac, there are many ways to experience different cultures and customs while being exposed to new ideas and to expand your view of the world. Our cultural, identity and faith-based organizations all create a welcoming environment that invites students of all races, ethnicities, genders and religions to celebrate their beliefs and cultural interests, w hile providing ways to share them with the campus community.

Off campus, there are numerous civic engagement and international travel programs for students. These enable students to experience diverse cultures and traditions while working in solidarity alongside members of local communities, other global citizens and our academic partners around the world.

We support 18 cultural and identity-based student organizations that are committed to diversity, enhancing student experience at QU and building inclusive spaces for underrepresented populations. Each organization meets regularly and provides opportunities for engagement through programming and other club activities.

  • African & Caribbean Student Union (ACSU)
  • Asian Student Alliance (ASA)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
  • Indigenous Student Union (ISU)
  • International Student Association (ISA)
  • Italian Cultural Society (ICS)
  • Latino Cultural Society (LCS)
  • Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)
  • Multicultural Student Leadership Council
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • NaturallyMe (NM)
  • Quinnipiac University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (QUCSSA)
  • Quinnipiac University Irish Club (QUIC)
  • South Asian Society (SAS)
  • Turkish Student Association (TSA)
  • Women Empowered (WE)
  • Women in Support of Humanity

In Their Own Words

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Don C. Sawyer III, PhD

Vice President of Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer

“We don’t want diversity and inclusion to be ‘add-ons.’ We want to be a university where inclusive excellence is a part of our institutional fabric and a pillar of our existence. We want to create a community where everyone who comes here is part of the Quinnipiac University family and feels that they belong, are valued and are included.”

Global Education

Part of our mission is to develop responsible, empathetic citizens who are invested in global issues and cultures, as well as opportunities in the international community. 

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Multicultural Education

Our goal is to create an environment that reflects, supports and encourages students to celebrate their cultural heritage together.

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International Student Services

We are proud to host international students from 55 countries. This growing student population brings diverse cultures, perspectives and traditions to our campuses each year, creating a fuller and more dynamic learning experience for all.

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Accessibility

We are committed to ensuring that all students, faculty and staff are supported and enabled to access the technology, information, programs, services and facilities they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom. 

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LGBTQ+ Support & Services

Quinnipiac is a place where people of any sex or gender have a right to live, work and go to school in a community that is free of discrimination and harassment. 

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Title IX

We are committed to providing an environment free from gender-based discrimination and harassment. Consistent with its commitment to addressing gender-based misconduct, the university complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. 

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