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Diversity and Inclusion

Graceland is for everyone.

Committed to Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Graceland University is working to ensure all aspects of the institution engage with intention to advocate for, promote, and sustain a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. All members of our community are encouraged to actively challenge norms, cultures, and structures that foster exclusion, oppression, or marginalization in order to create a culture of inclusion and justice by embracing and learning from a wide spectrum of experiences, ideas, viewpoints, and methods.

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Statement of Commitment

In 2019, a working group of faculty, staff, and students worked together to craft the University’s statement of commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This statement was formally adopted by the full faculty, administration, and board of trustees in spring of 2020.

Title IX

What is it?

In June 1972, President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 into law. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that has removed many barriers that once prevented people, on the basis of sex, from participating in educational opportunities and careers of their choice. It states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation, in be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

On June 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education issued a notice of interpretation clarifying that “[c]onsistent with the Supreme Court’s ruling and analysis in Bostock, the Department [of Education] interprets Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination ‘on the basis of sex’ to encompass discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. (Source –