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WPI's Values Statement

We are a community that stands for civility and respect. We stand for acceptance of others and champion those who may need compassion and understanding. We are an inclusive community that respects peaceful discord and upholds a fundamental belief that all members of our community deserve to feel safe. Our collective mix of thoughts and experiences enrich those fundamental values that have long guided our university. As we navigate through times of change, know that our values remain. 

We believe that a community-wide focus on sustainable inclusive excellence is not only imperative to fostering an inclusive learning and work environment, but also elevating the impact a culture of belonging can have on the greater STEM community. Listed below are our institutional definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion that serve as one of the many foundations to this important work.

  • Diversity

    Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, physical or cognitive abilities, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.

  • Equity

    Creating opportunities for equal access and success for historically underrepresented populations, such as racial and ethnic minority and low-income students, in three main areas:

    Representational Equity

     The proportional participation at all levels of an institution.

    Resource Equity

     The distribution of educational resources in order to close equity gaps.

    Equity-Mindedness

     The demonstration of an awareness of and willingness to address equity issues among institutional leaders and staff.

  • Inclusion

    The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical). This engagement with diversity has the potential to increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.

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Pronoun Usage Resources

For most individuals, the pronouns that others use when referring to them are not something they have to ever worry about or consider. As such, a dialogue around gender pronouns may not seem as imperative. However, talking about pronouns is a small way to normalize mindfulness of our assumptions and promote gender inclusion.

We have curated some suggested practices that we hope will help promote gender pronoun visibility and greater efforts towards creating a more inclusive and affirming WPI community. 

A Seat at the Lab Bench

A Seat at the Table

Remember the first time you “saw yourself” in something? Whether it was in a piece of media, a career path, or even something as simple as a Wikipedia article, there’s a certain high that comes from representation and knowing you’re not alone in your identity or emotions—that someone gets it, gets you.

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Gender Inclusive Restrooms

If you're looking for gender-inclusive restrooms on campus, refer to our campus map's gender-inclusive restrooms tab where you can find what you are looking for at WPI .

 

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