Private, nonprofit colleges and universities seek and celebrate a diverse student body, which embraces individuals from all social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.


Why Diversity Matters in Higher Education

Campuses with diverse student and faculty populations provide a rich environment within which students experience inclusiveness and develop an appreciation of individual differences. Campus diversity:

  • Enriches the educational experience by enabling students to learn from those whose experiences, beliefs and perspectives are different from our own.
  • Promotes personal growth and a healthy society by challenging stereotyped preconceptions and helping students learn to communicate effectively with people from varied backgrounds.
  • Strengthens communities and the workplace by fostering mutual respect and teamwork and by building communities whose members are judged by the quality of their character and their contributions.
  • Enhances the United States’ economic competitiveness by making effective use of the talents and abilities of all citizens, and through work settings that bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

(Adopted from Fairleigh Dickinson University, copyright © 1998-2001)


Alliance Institutions’ Embrace Diversity

The proportion of racial and ethnic minorities in Oregon is growing. For example, the percentage of Latino students graduating from Oregon’s public high schools is expected to grow from its 2001 level of 5% to 29% by 2021.

The Alliance institutions’ support to minority students demonstrates our overall commitment to the public good of Oregon and the capacity of Oregon industries to meet increasingly demanding workforce needs with highly educated and ethnically diverse college graduates. Overall minority representation at The Alliance institutions is actually higher than at Oregon’s other 4-year degree-granting institutions—one in five of our students is a student of color. More importantly, our minority students persist to graduation at virtually the same rates as non-minority students. The Alliance Member institutions award 25% of the bachelor’s degrees and 56% of the graduate degrees awarded to minority students in Oregon.  The participation and investment of community and business partners is vital to these efforts.

From named scholarships to the Matched College Savings Program, there are many ways to support minorities, underserved populations, and those with demonstrated financial need. To learn more visit The Alliance’s Giving section.


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