The College of Health and Human Services is dedicated to preparing students to address the health and human service challenges of the 21st century. We are a community of allied health and service-oriented professionals committed to the advancement of research, education, and practice to serve local, national, and global communities. We believe that all persons have an equal right to health and human services delivered by professional practitioners who are skilled in evaluation and treatment strategies appropriate for a diverse population. That delivery must take into account the essential equality of all human beings and acceptance of the interdependence of people. The College values diversity in research, faculty, staff, students, and course content including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, national origin, levels of ability, age, gender identity and expression, religion, national origin, and generational status. We believe this contributes to a vital and enriched teaching, research, and learning environment. Thus, we strive to increase the number of underrepresented minority faculty, students, and staff in our community, and to ensure that all feel valued. As such, we continuously work to make our community accessible and welcoming to all qualified individuals. These guiding principles cultivate research and instructional initiatives that address equity and diversity and foster cultural sensitivity and appreciation as related to client/patient care and outcomes. Together, we work to bring new knowledge and solutions to bear on the complex and challenging health-related problems facing us today. By continuously striving for diversity in research, student, faculty, and staff representation, we enhance our ability to successfully address current and future health problems of the communities we serve and enhance the educational and career pathways of our faculty, staff, and student body. In partnership with the University, we place high value on creating and maintaining a supportive environment for studying, working, and living that promotes physical and mental well-being and encourages each individual to reach their full potential.
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