Diversity in the School of Communications

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are united in our testimony of the restored gospel and our commitment to keep God’s commandments. But we are diverse in our cultural, social, and political preferences. The Church thrives when we take advantage of this diversity and encourage each other to develop and use our talents to lift and strengthen our fellow disciples.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Brigham Young University School of Communications embraces its responsibility to create and maintain an environment of inclusiveness that engenders appreciation for diversity and unity. In addition to the promotion of academic excellence and life-long learning, BYU’s mission is to pursue the full realization of human potential.[1] Our belief that human potential is of divine origin motivates us to respect all people and to value the rich diversity of the human family.[2] We believe diversity strengthens our academic community and enriches the educational experience for all our students.

We seek a learning environment that reflects the diverse nature of our sponsoring institution, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As we do so, we recognize that despite our differences in cultures, ethnicities, languages, or social or economic backgrounds, “what unites us is far more than what differentiates us.”[3] Thus, recognizing that diversity and unity can be mutually reinforcing, we seek a community, brought about not through similar attributes or backgrounds, but rather through mutual respect and charity towards all, so that we are “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.”[4]

While we will not support practices contrary to doctrines of the LDS Church or policies of BYU, we categorically oppose prejudice and reject behavior that excludes, marginalizes or is derisive of others and we unreservedly affirm principles of justice, inclusion and equity. Faculty, staff, and students have a shared responsibility to promote a positive environment that is welcoming of all peoples.

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“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

– Maya Angelou, Activist & Poet

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”

– Malcolm Forbes, Owner of Forbes Magazine

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”

– Max De Pree, CEO of Herman Miller Inc

“To get real diversity of thought, you need to find the people who genuinely hold different views and invite them into the conversation.”

– Adam Grant, New York Times Best-Selling Author

“Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.”

– Hu Jintao, Chinese Politician

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