Access, Equity, and Inclusion
Access to education is a basic human right. The School of Education’s educational policies ensure that all people have equal opportunity to participate in education that promotes the highest quality outcomes for all regardless of their social class, ethnicity, physical abilities, religious beliefs, cognitive abilities, political views, gender identification, or sexual orientation.
Diversity reflects the uniqueness and beauty of humanity. The School of Education recognizes and values differences across the spectrum of individual and group identities and, in so doing, enriches itself, its students, and its community. Learning about the origins, traditions, cultures, values, attitudes, ideas, and perspectives that exist among us is necessary to promote positive, healthy communities.
Global learning requires that we understand the interdependencies of global systems and how these systems impact individual actors within contexts. This means actively seeking new perspectives that will strengthen our relational thinking so that we can cultivate a sense of personal social responsibility and take effective action.
Social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality, viewing all people as deserving equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities. The School of Education designs curriculum to promote learning that is focused on developing awareness of how, when, where, and why social structures are inequitable. It is expected that this learning will result in taking action toward greater equity.
Life-long learning includes formal, informal, and non-formal learning experiences that foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for personal, civic, social, and/or employment-related fulfillment. Lifelong learning encourages creativity, initiative, and responsiveness in people thereby enabling them to show adaptability in a society that requires one to manage uncertainty, communicate across and within cultures/communities, and negotiate conflicts and challenges. Learning to learn is a vital skill in a rapidly-changing world.