“We are humbled and thrilled to receive this outstanding recognition,” Lombardi said. “Maryville has worked strategically and passionately to build a diverse and inclusive learning environment and that work will continue to accelerate and grow.”
To signify the importance of this commitment, diversity and inclusion are core values of Maryville University and one of thepillars of the institution’s strategic plan, “A New Century of Higher Education: Maryville 2022.”
“Through a clear and determined strategy that will not end, we have recruited a more diverse student body, faculty, and staff who engage in a wide variety of curricular and enrichment programs design to build a truly inclusive campus culture. We are by no means finished but led by our Office of Diversity and Inclusion we believe that issues surrounding diversity and inclusion can be addressed and solved through engaged civil dialogue and respect for all people and their experiences,” said Lombardi.
Over the past five years, Maryville has intentionally worked toward building a more diverse campus community. Students of color represent 23 percent of the total student population, and that number has doubled since 2008. The number of diverse faculty and staff tripled over the same time period.
Via Press Release