Westminster is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all members of our community. Our students, faculty, and staff work together to create a culture of creativity and innovation, while promoting inclusiveness and respect for differences.
Bias negatively impacts these efforts and requires an active response to foster greater engagement and inclusivity. Even when people are unaware that they have shown or acted with bias and do not mean to offend, an expression of bias deserves a response and can be an opportunity for education.
At Westminster, we are committed to fostering a community where everyone feels that they belong.
We are all Westminster.
What is bias?
Every human has biases, and often makes biased statements without even realizing. In addition to working to create an inclusive community, Westminster aims to help members of the campus community confront their own bias.
Bias is treating an individual or group negatively because of their actual or perceived:
- Ethnic or national origin
- Gender, gender identity, or gender expression
- Marital status
- Political or social affiliation
- Sexual orientation
Bias can also be institutionalized into policies, practices, and structures. While freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas are a vital part of education, bias dehumanizes people, erodes individual rights, debilitates morale, and interferes with the effectiveness of work and learning environments.