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CFAES Principles of Community

We are a community of people whose principles strive to create and contribute to a more equitable and just community. Our Principles of Community foster our vision for our community.  To affirm our conviction that racism has no place in CFAES, we invite you to share and internalize the CFAES Principles of Community. Post them in the office, discuss them during team meetings, share them with others, and most importantly, let us remember to use them guiding principles in all that we do to sustain life.

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WE AFFIRM the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.

WE AFFIRM the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect. 

WE AFFIRM the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and the university. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity. 



WE REJECT all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.  



WE PLEDGE our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the CFAES mission: We sustain life.