Statement on Diversity

Residence Life at Salem State University is dedicated to developing inclusive and affirming communities in which all residents feel welcomed, validated, and appreciated for their uniqueness. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, ability, socioeconomic status, marital status, culture, veteran status, national origin and age, every member of the residential community has the right to live in an environment in which sensitivity, respect, and understanding are paramount.

Diversity within our residential communities is integral to fulfilling our mission to enhance the education our residents receive within the classroom. Without differences of opinion, experience, belief, perspective, background, and identity, our interactions are less than they could otherwise be. We strive to reflect diversity within both staff and leadership positions in Residence Life to ensure that decisions and initiatives implemented are inclusive and just.

We will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, particularly as it may relate to an individual’s identity. When one individual or a group of individuals acts to destroy the essence of our diverse community, or shows a lack of respect to an individual, we will respond appropriately. We will not tolerate behavior that is not in line with the belief that each individual is a valued member of our community and should be treated with dignity and respect.

Like diversity itself, our efforts to create this vision of a diverse community will continue to evolve as we learn alongside our residents.

Commitment to Diversity Award Recipient

In 2007, Salem State University was awarded the prestigious "Commitment to Diversity Award" for the North East based on the work of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) in conjunction with campus departments, offices, and other student organizations.  Recognized for an outstanding commitment to diversity education and social justice advocacy efforts, RHA was honored over numerous other nominees from colleges and universities in New York and New England.  You are invited to see the submission materials, developed by the Residence Hall Association leaders here.