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The University of Texas at ArlingtonThe University of Texas at Arlington

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusiveness

Public administration at its core requires diversity of thought and perspectives towards effective and representative government. To quote our mission:

"The mission of the Master of Public Administration program is to strengthen public decision making and the delivery of public services in a globalized and diverse society by educating students to lead and manage organizations at all levels of government and nonprofit institutions ethically, democratically, and effectively."

The UTA MPA program embraces diversity among its students, staff, faculty, and administration. We also encourage you to participate in UTA’s many multicultural activities.

We encourage you to review our diversity plan and be an active participant in promoting diversity and inclusiveness. Please share your ideas with us, whether speakers, activities, etc. by emailing or calling the MPA director:

David Coursey – david.coursey@uta.edu; 214 636-0108

Diversity - A Core Value of the UTA MPA

Diversity is essential in the achievement of our academic mission. Diversity means sustaining an intellectual, ethical, cultural and sociological environment that embraces and fosters academic freedom without prejudice, intimidation, intolerance, or discrimination. We promote an environment that accepts and appreciates every individual’s uniqueness and characteristics regardless of race, gender, gender identity, language, age, ethnicity, physical abilities, sexual orientation, spirituality, socioeconomic status, or national origin.

We recognize the value of diversity in preparing students for public service employment upon graduation. Students are encouraged to be receptive to unique and differing points of view. Thereby, we recognize the value of diversity in our curriculum. There is commitment to attracting and retaining a critical mass of diverse faculty and staff. This provides an environment that ensures unique work and educational experiences that occurs with interactions of people with diverse backgrounds, different perspectives, life experiences, beliefs, and ideology. 

Furthermore, we need to build trust by finding ways to communicate with each other respectfully, listening to understand and appreciate each other’s viewpoints. We need to continue to build a supportive environment that values diversity and celebrates our differences. We will undoubtedly disagree at times and hold opposing views on a number of topics but we must remember that the principles of civil discourse and mutual respect are the bedrock of governance.