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Commitment to Diversity

Dear Member of the Drexel Community:

Education should be available to everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, race or socioeconomic background. This is one of the core principles upon which Anthony J. Drexel founded our University, and we remain committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and respectful environment for students, faculty, professional staff and alumni, so that together we can strengthen our own competencies to live and work in a diverse and global environment.

Drexel is proud to have a reputation as one of the most innovative, exciting and entrepreneurial research universities in America. One of the reasons for our success has been the diversity of our dedicated and talented students, faculty and professional staff, people who embody creativity and outside-the-box thinking.

Our future success depends on continuing and enhancing our commitment to diversity in all of its forms, and cultivating respect for each member of our community. This will enable us to harness and sustain our creative and innovative spirit.

Drexel launched our Intercultural Engagement & Diversity Initiative in 2008, and opened the James E. Marks Intercultural Center in 2010. Our goal is to foster a community grounded in ideological tension, dialogue and a respect for diversity—a community that can engage with curiosity and humility, honoring and celebrating our fundamental differences and similarities.

I encourage you to personally contribute to Drexel’s welcoming and inclusive environment, and to challenge yourself to create opportunities that will raise awareness of and respect for diversity and build upon Drexel’s founding principle of inclusion. In doing so, we will ensure that Drexel is a community that attracts and retains the best and the brightest.

John A. Fry