Appendix 8 Board of Trustees Diversity Statement

The Board of Trustees Diversity Statement (2006)

The intellectual diversity of our students, faculty, and staff is a key ingredient for achieving a diverse community on our campus. Academic excellence requires a learning community in which people of different backgrounds and perspectives join in the pursuit of knowledge and truth. Lehigh University is determined to prepare students to succeed in the world, and in a nation, where multiple viewpoints offer challenges and enrich our lives. Thus, Lehigh University will continue to make it a top priority to make our campus community more diverse for study and working.

The Diversity Initiative is a long-term effort with evolving strategies as goals are met. Creating an inclusive diverse community can be achieved only through the focused efforts of each of us and is the responsibility and accountability of the leadership on every level.

Mission Statement

  • Lehigh University, an institution committed to educational excellence and learning, will actively promote an inclusive community that values, affirms, and advances the diverse backgrounds, interests, experiences, and aspirations of all its members.
  • Achieving diversity at Lehigh requires working toward building a community that is more reflective of our society.
  • Fostering a campus culture that embraces diversity will advance the intellectual and social vitality of the Lehigh community, and confirm the symbiotic relationship between diversity and academic excellence.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Before the Search Begins
  3. Legal Issues & the Search Process
  4. Initiating the Faculty Search Process
  5. Recruiting Activities During the Search
  6. Managing Campus Visits
  7. Final Selection of a Candidate
  8. Negotiating Contracts / Offers
  9. Evaluating the Search


  1. Faculty Recruitment & Initial Appointment Checklist
  2. Faculty Employment Request Form
  3. Permission to Advertise Request Form
  4. Reason for Declining Faculty Appointment Offer Form
  5. Workshops to Support the Process
  6. Principles of Our Equitable Community Document
  7. Lehigh University’s Core Values
  8. Board of Trustees Diversity Statement
  9. Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Non-Discrimination Policy
  10. Resources for Recruitment: Workshops, Publications, Organizations & Websites
  11. College & University Addresses
  12. Women & Minority Institutional Doctoral Directory
  13. Women & Minority Doctoral Award History
  14. Readings on Diversity, Gender & Faculty Recruitment
  15. Handbook References
  16. Faculty Search Resources
  17. Lehigh University Administrative Offices to Support Faculty Search