Diversity Advisory Council-Diversity Resource Guide - Carnegie Mellon University

Diversity Advisory Council

The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) was formed in 1999 in order to define the problems and challenges of diversity, craft strategies for making progress and monitor that progress into the future. Since then, Carnegie Mellon has acknowledged more and more the enormous added value and opportunity derived from engaging a diverse, interdisciplinary community.

In April 2000 the DAC issued a position paper on assessing the problem of diversity at Carnegie Mellon. The original document identified the key problems or challenges relating to diversity which were facing the university. These challenges included culture and climate, representation and community consciousness.

In 2009 President Emeritus Jared Cohon charged the DAC to review its 1999 Problem Statement and aim to take it from a "problem statement to something much more motivating and actionable." The result was "A Guiding Principle for University Culture [pdf]." This document has two key actionable components, which form the basis for the DAC's work:

  1. Bringing together talent that is broadly representative
  2. Maintaining an environment that fosters meaningful and authentic exchanges which will add to our students’ knowledge and skills and engender in all of us a global perspective.

Vision for Diversity at Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon embraces diversity as a core value—central and indivisible from the pursuit of intellectual and artistic excellence.

We are committed to establishing a campus culture that reflects a fundamental respect for different ways of living, working, and learning. We intend to assure every individual the opportunity to reach her or his potential.

Carnegie Mellon will be a university where all members of our community feel a sense of belonging, perceive that their contributions are valued and respected, and view the environment as one in which they can flourish.