The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee believes in the value of diversity. Valuing diversity means recognizing differences between people and acknowledging these differences are a valued asset. Valuing diversity means respecting individuality while promoting respect for others. Valuing diversity means emphasizing the contributions of the various groups that make up the population of the world. Valuing diversity means understanding the importance of people sharing their stories and learning from the stories of others. Valuing diversity is the right thing to do.
We are committed to creating a vibrant multicultural, multi-ethnic community where diverse students, faculty, and staff are recruited and retained and where diversity scholarship is respected. We seek to develop graduates who can effectively work across differences and are prepared to live and work in a global society. We believe in creating a diverse student body because we believe this results in a deeper educational experience. Preparing students to become lifelong learners who can navigate in and contribute to a heterogeneous world after graduation should be a primary goal of education at UT. Diversity is an aspect of the world we should expect our students to explore, making it an asset they can use. We expect graduates to have completed a course of study that will enable them to see differences among people as a powerful tool for solving problems and seeking opportunities. We expect graduates to embrace diversity as a source of lifelong learning, personal fulfillment, and creative possibility. The College of Arts and Sciences is a place where the most dynamic, diverse, and profound learning environment can be found!