Commitment to Diversity


These are the guiding principles of our diversity strategy. Specifically this means we

  • Recruit students from diverse, multicultural backgrounds;
  • Develop initiatives that will retain students and increase graduation rates;
  • Develop and offer an inclusive curriculum; and
  • Recruit a diverse faculty and staff.

Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment, student admissions, financial aid, student employment and placement or the provision of services and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities.

Although the University policy refers to many groups that may potentially suffer from discrimination, traditionally the challenge in Kentucky has been to improve opportunities for African Americans, 8.1% of the total population. Murray State University has also had considerable success attracting international students to both undergraduate and graduate programs, and there is a growing Hispanic population in our service area that is becoming a factor as the demographics of the high school population change. We must carefully monitor these trends and adjust our efforts accordingly.

The Murray State University mission makes provision for preparing graduates to “function in a culturally diverse, technologically oriented society and increasingly interdependent world. The University is committed to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience.” The department has a designated study-abroad coordinator to make it easier for our students to explore and participate in these many opportunities.