“We want Drew’s population to mirror more fully the streets and cities of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic America; and we wish for Drew to bring more students from other continents and cultures. But it is no real achievement to have x percentage of students from here or there if students from differing backgrounds fail to interact. That is, we also live on a campus, and we aspire to make a living model of how people should live together. Strengthening the intercultural aspects of our studies will be one major aspect of this, but how we live from day to day will be our sternest test.”
— President Robert Weisbuch
April 28, 2006
Drew University is committed to seeking academic excellence while striving continuously to be a welcoming, diverse, and socially just campus. We aspire to provide an education that in content, scope and pedagogy embraces difference and promotes respect that extends beyond the classroom to all University spaces and to local and global communities. Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions, including, but not limited to, race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, and religion. Our intent is to achieve a learning environment in which students, faculty, and staff understand the challenges, accomplishments, and perspectives of various groups of people, thus gaining a fuller understanding of themselves as well as how to engage in conversation spanning differences and commonalities. Achieving this vision is a fundamental commitment critical to Drew University’s mission as an institution of higher learning.