Diversity is one of the assets of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Our perspective of academic excellence specifically includes multiple aspects of diversity. Academic excellence results in part, from opportunities to create, interact, and benefit from association with others. Academic excellence is enhanced by accepting and recognizing the differences among and within many cultural and other groups of individuals. Academic excellence and personal growth can be improved within a respectful workplace and a welcoming student environment such as a public university. Public universities perform a critical role meeting the needs of not only our community but needs within our state, region, and nation. We endorse the concept of diversity as inclusiveness that is reflected as an essential element expressed in our University values.