Principles of Community
We believe diversity in our campus community can enhance critical thinking by challenging implicit bias, better preparing students to be effective citizens, both locally and globally. Diversity encompasses differences and similarities of such characteristics as race, age, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, language, national origin, ability status, political affiliation or ideology, veteran status and socioeconomic background.
We believe, despite our differences or similarities, all members of our community should feel respected and receive equitable treatment in order to flourish in an academic environment. We acknowledge the negative impact of historical factors and their effect on bias, inequity and discrimination. We strive to counter these factors by creating an inclusive community for all.
We believe freedom of expression, paired with respect, creates effective civil dialogue that leads to greater understanding of and compassion for others.
We believe a sense of safety is fundamental to inclusion, free expression, and personal health and wellness, which are all essential to student success. We are committed to addressing the issues of interpersonal and sexual violence that threaten some members of our community.
We believe mental health and wellness is important for academic success. We know some Aggies struggle to reach their full academic potential due to mental illness, suicide ideation, interpersonal isolation or substance abuse. USU’s caring community works to help those in distress, strengthen interpersonal connections, and help students develop resilience.
We believe in the community of mutual support. We encourage each Aggie to play an active role in preventing interpersonal violence and harassment, preventing suicide, speaking up against discrimination and harassment, advocating for others, and reaching out to those in need.
We believe service and civic engagement elevate the academic experience. By putting classroom learning into practice through meaningful acts of service, students learn important lessons in civic responsibility while strengthening communities. Aggies who participate in service-learning graduate as citizen scholars equipped to help transform communities in the state, country, and world.
We believe each of us can engage in sustainable practices that meets the needs for the present without compromising the needs for the future generations.