Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The formation of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion helps reinvigorate our institutional efforts to actively live out our founding mission.

Voice. Action. Change.

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) provides the vision, strategic direction, guidance, and leadership to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. DEI serves as an important collaborative partner with students, faculty, staff, administrators, various university committees, and external partners to proactively develop and implement programs that educate and motivate members of the University community.  

Our mission at Butler University embodies what we aspire to uphold for current and future generations of learners, educators, and leaders.  We have a perpetual responsibility as an academic institution to continually face our own truths, eradicate injustices, and enact change on campus and in our communities by working to cultivate a campus community that is an intentionally diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning and working environment. Our underlying commitments to social justice, intercultural development, and shared responsibility serve as guiding posts to actualizing our mission and efforts to be a diverse, equitable and inclusive university where everyone is valued, inspired, respected, and able to flourish.

the why behind dei

“The space to share ideas and opinions from all perspectives and backgrounds is what makes higher education unique and valuable. It is from this exchange of ideas where true learning and transformation can occur within ourselves and our nation. Through advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, we are able to find our voice and commit to action that leads to change.”

Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Khalilah A. Shabazz, Ph.D.

Help us continue programming to actualize and uphold a diverse, equitable, and inclusive University community for students, faculty, and staff.