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Diversity and Inclusion


As stated in the University of Maryland’s Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion, “the University of Maryland has embraced diversity as a central driver in all its activities and has supported and promoted pioneering scholarship of diversity in academic programs.” The Strategic Plan further states, “Our diversity is fundamental to our excellence and has enriched our intellectual community. The University’s capacity to educate students for work and life in the 21st century and to be a leader in research and scholarship is greatly enhanced by a community that reflects the nation and world.” Diversity is a core value and strength of the University of Maryland.

The School of Public Policy is dedicated to producing civically engaged and socially responsible leaders who will tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems; as such, we are committed to providing quality education that is inclusive of the views, experiences and opinions of all underrepresented ethnic and racial groups, as well as gender, religious and other identities. We do this in several ways:

  • Recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive student body.

  • Ensure course pedagogy and delivery of the Public Policy major is responsive to the needs of all students and reflective of our commitment to teach students to value diversity and to be informed about the world around them. Student should be able to make responsible decisions and to take action that is inclusive and just.

  • Require all Public Policy majors to take PUAF 302: Examining Pluralism in Public Policy, which will examine the ways in which the diverse experiences of race, gender, ethnicity, class, orientation, identity, and religion impact the understanding of and equitable delivery of public policy.