Diversity and Inclusion

Christopher Newport University is committed to promoting an environment that honors the uniqueness of each student. The presence and active engagement of a diverse community offers a vibrant, rich and transformative campus experience that impacts all facets of student life.

How can you get involved?

  • Interact with students, faculty and staff representing an array of identities, backgrounds and interests
  • Participate in organizations and programming designed to expand your cultural experiences and worldview
  • Engage in coursework that highlights diverse viewpoints, social concerns and global understanding
  • Access the services that support your unique needs as you learn and grow at Christopher Newport.

We encourage all students to engage in our program offerings.

The Safe Zone initiative aims to inform students, faculty and staff about the LGBTQ+ community and issues that challenge social constructs about sexual orientation, sexual behavior, gender identity and gender expression.

We provide assistance and build confidence for students, faculty and staff on how to best support and appropriately interact with the LGBTQ+ student population. In addition, we assist others in developing and implementing best practices, resources and strategies for inclusion.

CNU Spectrum is another source of support for LGBTQ+ students. This student organization promotes the awareness, acceptance and diversity of such people by providing a safe, accessible and supportive atmosphere conducive for mutually supportive relationships between LGBTQ+ people and their straight allies.

The annual Intercultural Festival highlights various aspects of culture from around the globe through art, performance, food and more. We provide an atmosphere where students can experience, learn and enjoy the many cultures in our world.

Umoja is a celebratory tradition that recognizes the hard work and success of students who are committed to diversity and inclusion efforts. Umoja is the Swahili word for unity. The ceremony pays tribute to unity as a guiding principle to the success of diversity efforts and initiatives. Umoja celebrates student contributions, involvement and service that make Christopher Newport a more inclusive and pluralistic community.

The SDEC cultivates an inclusive and pluralistic campus​ ​environment​ through community building, leadership development, ​ educational programming, advocacy and recognition in the following ways:

Community
To share the responsibility of promoting and sustaining diversity efforts through mutual support, communication and planning among student organizations and the University

Leadership
To develop purposeful leaders who serve as active facilitators and agents of social change

Education
To promote awareness of the variations of human difference, equality and respect through informative programming

Advocacy
To serve as a sounding board and advocate for equitable practices and policies at the University

Recognition
To formally recognize student organizations and institutional achievements that champion diversity and inclusion efforts

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