Diversity Policy

Diversity is a description of the way God created people. Understanding and respecting individuals who are different from one's self, whether racially, socially, ideologically or spiritually, is a natural outcome of understanding the vast diversity of God's creation.

Department Policy
Diversity is broader than any set of statistically measurable variables. A diverse student body and faculty will reflect not only diversity of gender and ethnicity, the traditional variables, but also diversity of age, economic background, professional and philosophical approach.

The department is committed to the university's policy of hiring of full-time faculty members who are active members of a local, independent congregation of the Church of Christ. The policy is congruent with the values and goals of the university and with the populations it serves. 1

The faculty will make reasonable attempts to ensure that faculty and staff mirror student diversity.

The department, in cooperation with university recruiting personnel, will seek to achieve and maintain the international student enrollment of 10 percent and U.S. minority enrollment of 15 percent. The female enrollment of the department has exceeded 50 percent for several years.

The department will seek ways to challenge students to understand individuals of different backgrounds and viewpoints so that as they create media messages they will be effective, sensitive communicators.

The syllabi and the classroom experience of every student will provide a venue for a marketplace of diverse ideas, including lectures, readings, examples, projects, paper topics and exploratory discussion. 2

Support fields of 15 semester hours are required of all majors, and choices that will expose students to diversity will be encouraged. 3

The laboratory media of the department will employ women, minorities and international students as has been the common practice, and will seek to plan content that will give an accurate representation of all groups on the campus.

The faculty will make frequent use of guest speakers from diverse backgrounds in the classroom and in special departmental events.

1 "That's our [the university's] goal - to treat everyone with the same respect as we would want to be treated. In fact, Paul admonishes us to treat others better than we do ourselves. The world we live in has a lot of people in it who are different than we are, ethnically, socially, racially, and in other ways. Surely, the Gospel has a word for us in these times. Ethnic diversity existed in the church from its early decades. We have the same Creator, and we long to be respected and accepted for who we are. …" Dr. Royce Money, February 20, 2000

"Special attention will be given to increasing the number of women and ethnic minorities within the [university] faculty. We will continue to hire full-time faculty who are faithful, active members of a local congregation of the Church of Christ." - Centennial Vision, February 1998

"ACU will strengthen its emphasis on international and intercultural education. Globalization of the campus will occur as we increase our international student population to 10 percent of full-time students and increase our combined international and minority enrollment to a quarter of the student population." - Centennial Vision, February 1998

"ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the University. The mission of Abilene Christian University is to educate our students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. ACU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law." - ACU's Employment Statement, January 3, 2000

Message and issues driven courses in which diversity is stressed are 100 Media Issues, 102 Media Messages, 223 Basic News, 317 Electronic Media Principles, 324 Reporting, 338 Broadcast News, 341 Copy Editing, 364 Media and Religion, 391 Media Strategies, 392 Integrated Media Tactics, 417 History of Mass Media, 418 Theory of Mass Communication, 449 Opinion Writing, 450 Feature Writing, 488 Communication Law, and 492 Integrated Marketing Campaigns.

Support fields rich in diversity content include art, community studies, English, ethnic and woman's studies, foreign languages, history, philosophy, political science, sociology and theatre.