Office of Diversity & Community Life

Diversity does not happen in isolation. In order to create a truly diverse community, all members play a significant role. It is an institution-wide commitment that welcomes administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and the community at large to participate. I invite you to help build on USN's long-standing history of celebrating diversity and community. Please join us in this challenging, yet vital work.

Let's spend the year considering the privileges we have as a diverse institution. Start Where You Are, But Don't Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today's Classrooms by Richard Milner, IV states these five areas as crucial in "helping educators bridge and shed light on opportunity gaps": Color blindness, Cultural conflicts, Myth of Meritocracy, Low Expectations and Deficit Mind-­Sets and Context-Neutral Mind-­Sets.

The NAIS cultural identifiers are: ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status (class), body image (lookism), educational background, academics/social achievement, family of origin or family makeup, geographic or regional background, language, learning style, beliefs (political, social, religious) , and globalism and internationalism.

We are a better institution when we acknowledge these identifiers; the whole person and all the identifiers (and in our case, especially, the intelligences) of each individal person. We are a better institution when we acknowledge that everyone matters.

I look forward to working with you,
Roderick White
Director of Diversity and Community Life

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    Roderick White 

    Director, Office of Diversity and Community Life
    615 277-7480
    Trevecca Nazarene University - BA
    Nashville School of Law - J.D.
    Started at USN: 2015
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    Saraya Ashley 

    Intern - Office of Diversity & Community Life
    Started at USN: 2020
University School of Nashville is committed to creating a campus environment that mirrors the cultural and ethnic composition of greater Nashville. Diversity is a fundamental part of USN’s identity, reflective of the school’s core values.

We believe that with diversity comes a responsibility to value individual differences and provide a safe space for inclusion and positive interactions among all members of the USN family. Through its actions, USN is committed to fostering the broader life experiences that diversity makes possible.

–from Trustees’ Statement of Policy: Diversity

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