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Creating a Proactive Community Free of Hate and Bias
The University’s diversity vision statement sets the stage for a campus where diversity is celebrated and civility is expected. It states:
“The University of Louisville strives to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers us all to achieve our highest potential without fear of prejudice or bias.
We commit ourselves to building an exemplary educational community that offers a nurturing and challenging intellectual climate, a respect for the spectrum of human diversity, and a genuine understanding of the many differences-including race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, national origin or military status-that enrich a vibrant metropolitan research university.
We expect every member of our academic family to embrace the underlying values of this vision and to demonstrate a strong commitment to attracting, retaining and supporting students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of our larger society.”
While valuing freedom of thought and expression, and multiple points of view, we recognize that some members of our campus community are affected by instances of bias and hate and need assistance. The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) is a group of faculty and staff who are committed to creating a proactive response for students, faculty and staff to instances of hate and bias in the following ways:
- Support those who are targeted by hate or bias.
- Refer them to the resources and services available.
- Educate the campus community about the impact of hate and bias.
- Promote initiatives and new ideas that further a welcoming, bias- and hate-free climate at U of L.
BIRT is project of the CODRE Campus Environment Team at the University of Louisville.