Message from Dr. Carol Garrison, UAB President
We continue to strive for a more inclusive, representative campus not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because this is the most effective means of fulfilling our mission: to provide the very best education to our students, to conduct research that remains on the cutting edge, and to render the most beneficial and far-reaching service to this community and state. Success in all these areas depends largely on the depth and breadth of the talent, perspectives, and backgrounds represented on this campus.
Indeed, increasing diversity at UAB has accompanied the growth of this institution — in just three short decades — into a world-class research university. Minority enrollment, for instance, was 19.6% in 1978, grew to 25.9% by 1998, and currently stands at 30.9%. Furthermore, students and faculty come from every region of the United States and 121 countries around the globe, from many different cultures and walks of life, drawn to this truly diverse campus where their particular ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, and faith are valued and embraced. This progress is the result of an unwavering institutional commitment to inclusion and innovative programs pursuant to that goal.
UAB Inclusivity Campus Commitment
I will strive to build an inclusive community at UAB.
I believe that every student, faculty member, and staff member has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and self-worth.
I will work to ensure that my behavior and my actions do not harass or make fun of anyone due to their race, gender, culture, faith, class, sexual orientation, disability, or any other difference.
Although I know I am not perfect, and I will make mistakes, I believe that it is my responsibility to act in a manner free of bias, exclusion, and discrimination.
I believe I have the power to build an inclusive UAB.
UAB Equal Opportunity Policy
(As of May 27, 2004)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is expressly committed to maintaining and promoting nondiscrimination in all aspects of recruitment and employment of individuals at all levels throughout UAB. Specifically, it is the intent of UAB to recruit, hire, and promote all faculty and staff without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability unrelated to job performance, disabled veteran status, or Vietnam era veteran status. UAB also complies with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act which prohibits employment discrimination against persons 40 years of age or older.
UAB Equal Education Opportunity
As an institution of higher education and in the spirit of its policies of equal employment opportunity, UAB hereby reaffirms its policy of equal educational opportunity. All applicants for admission will be considered without regard to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability unrelated to program performance, disabled veteran status, or Vietnam era veteran status. Complaints or grievances of any student who has reason to think he or she has been affected by discrimination will be considered through established procedures.
The "UAB Inclusive Campus Commitment" is published in Direction, UAB Student Handbook. Procedures for reporting possible student misconduct are found in Direction, pages 43-45. Procedures for reporting possible sexual harassment are found in Direction, pages 40-41.