“We believe that all people, majority and minority, typical and atypical deserve respect and access to full opportunities society has to offer. “
Our approach to UEA is founded in the belief that, from the outset, we should strive to create a society that is inclusive of the greatest diversity possible. We acknowledge that the United States, and all societies for that matter, have histories of devaluing and discriminating against chosen groups of people based on their perceived differences from the mainstream or from those in power.
Colleges and universities are not immune. Anti hate laws, and social policies such as affirmative action and reasonable accommodation (for disability) have been an important vehicle to discourage hate, fighting against discrimination, and leveling the playing field for all people including those who are different or atypical.
Instead of just accommodating and making “exceptions” for those deemed different and thus special or abnormal, we believe that a society should build on a foundation that encompasses the broadest range of diversity from the outset. Further by making society universally accessible this places value on the contributions we all make rather than altering rules and policies to help those who need “special” consideration.