Diversity and Inclusion

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COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUALITY, & INCLUSION

High Point University considers a strong commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion as a core component of our mission and an essential ingredient to a holistic education in the liberal arts tradition. A liberal arts education develops critical thinkers, moving students from a fixed-mindset to a growth-mindset. This approach to learning prepares students for reflective action in an interdependent and diverse world. We not only understand and respect the unique talents and perspectives of all individuals but we also embrace and utilize their contributions. Our breadth of inclusiveness creates a path by which all individuals can achieve their highest potential in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society.

We welcome and respect all students, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, sexual identities and gender expressions, abilities, classes, ages, and political ideas. We recognize that diversity also includes a range of geographic locations, communication styles, family makeup, educational background, military service, and other unique life experiences. To encourage diversity and inclusion we endorse dynamic curricula and research agendas—through the university’s core education as well as all fields of study, programming, and community engagement—that include a multiplicity of views and perspectives.

Diversity, equality, and inclusion are not merely moral imperatives or societal goals, they can be a competitive advantage. Our continued success as a university rests in our collective ability to embrace a multitude of opinions, ideas, and beliefs so that we can effectively educate the next generation of leaders who are culturally responsive, knowledgeable, and globally engaged. Our commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion cultivates students’ desire for citizenship in complex global communities.

Learn more about High Point University’s Intercultural Engagement.

We as a university have done well with supporting our faculty and staff over the years. But today, in an era where colleges and universities are competing constantly for talent, we need to be more diligent to attract and retain a more rich and diverse work force. Benefits from doing so can help begin scholarly discussions to organic conversations, create activities that can help our underrepresented minority groups build connections, find mentors and establish a support system on campus. As a result of this, we then can attract and retain a more rich and diverse work force. With an established diverse workforce, we can also attract and retain a more diverse student body because they will see people who look like them on campus and establish an even stronger sense of community. Meanwhile, these actions will build an even stronger connection with our alumni and HPU supporters because they will see what we’ve always done – stepping up and stepping out to accomplish great things.

An institution that reflects the demographic makeup of our student body and workforce is a great way to help address disparities within our learning and working community. At High Point University, we seek to increase a diverse student body as well as our workforce. Over the years we have seen growth and now desire to be more strategic in our approach in recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive community. Our growth in funding and resources will be necessary to achieve our goals toward diversity and inclusion. This is a crucial step in enhancing our mission, vision and values which impacts our campus community and beyond.

Our growth in understanding various aspects of diversity and inclusion is something that should be continual and demonstrated in how we engage and interact with one another. Our learning and development around diversity and inclusion should be evident in how we recruit, retain and educate the HPU community. Specific steps toward enhancing a more inclusive environment would entail ongoing training for our faculty and staff as well as efforts in building upon our curriculum for our student learning in the classroom. Embracing and growing in our learning allows our conversations and engagement with one another to be less transactional and become more transformational.
We are High Point’s university. We see it in the 110,000 volunteer hours our students, faculty and staff give every year in the city of High Point. We tutor children, mentor children, feed families, energize neighborhoods and tend to patients who can’t afford healthcare and ease their financial burden and physical pain. These are all strong stories about who we are as a university. But I want to look for ways to get these stories out and share even the more about who we are and what we do.

We as a university believe in social justice, and we have worked hard to change what we see around us –– the inequities of education, hunger, healthcare and so much more. We do provide an extraordinary education to our students. But we also provide an extraordinary service to the greater High Point community. By telling our stories, we can show our community that we as an institution champion the need for diversity and inclusion. In doing so, we’ll establish strong connections with our neighbors and build a greater sense of trust. We work together as partners and create what we all believe in – making High Point an even better place to live.

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Steve Wozniak
Apple Co-Founder
Innovator in Residence “The Woz” first inspired HPU students when he delivered the Commencement address in 2013. Woz meets with students in many majors including computer science, entrepreneurship, pharmacy, exercise science, communication and more. He’s coaching a student group building an autonomous driving vehicle.
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Marc Randolph
Netflix Co-Founder
Entrepreneur in Residence Marc Randolph works with students in a variety of majors across campus, such as entrepreneurship, business and communication. He first visited HPU in 2015, when he met with students who pitched business plans. Based on the advice he gave to student Emily De Lena, she now runs her own company.
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Cynt Marshall
CEO of the Dallas Mavericks
Sports Executive in Residence Marshall became the first African American woman working as a CEO of the NBA in 2018. Before joining the professional basketball team, Marshall was the President of AT&T North Carolina for more than 6 years. She started at AT&T in 1981 and held a variety of positions.
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Byron Pitts
American Journalist
Journalist in Residence Byron Pitts is an American journalist and author working for ABC News. Until 2013, he served as a chief national correspondent for The CBS Evening News and a contributor to the newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He has covered the September 11, 2001 attacks and Iraq.
Dean Cain
Dean Cain
Actor, Producer, Television Presenter
Actor in Residence Dean Cain is known for playing the role of Superman in the TV series Lois and Clark, hosting Ripley's Believe it or Not, and starring in many other television series and film productions. 
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Karen Jacobson
The "GPS Girl"
Global Artist in Residence Karen Jacobsen is internationally recognized for her VoiceOver work. Her voice has been featured in text-to-speech systems in more than 400 million GPS and smartphone devices worldwide, including the female Australian voice of the original Siri application featured on Apple devices.
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Dr. John C. Maxwell
Bestselling author
Executive Coach in Residence Dr. John C. Maxwell is a New York Times best selling author and motivational speaker. His titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.
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Bob Ryan
Sports Columnist
Sports Reporter in Residence Ryan has been writing for the Globe since 1968, covering all of Boston’s sports teams. He is a regular panelist on ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable, “The Sports Reporters,” and was described as the “quintessential American sportswriter" and a basketball guru.
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Scott McKain
Keynote Speaker, Author, Sales Customer Service Expert
Corporate Educator In Residence Scott McKain has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential marketing authors on Twitter. A popular keynote speaker on creating organizational distinction and delivering the Ultimate Customer Experience, McKain is Chairman of the Distinction Institute.
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Larry Quinn
Chair of the Department of Marketing and Sales
Sales Professional in Residence Larry Quinn has mentored HPU students since 2013 after working in the business world as a top executive in sales and marketing. Mr. Quinn began his career at EDS and Xerox, earning most of his experience along the way in technology services, publishing, and computer equipment businesses.
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Mark Sanborn
President of Leadership Development Idea Lab Sanborn Associates
Leadership Expert in Residence Sanborn is recognized throughout the world for his leadership. He was ranked No.5 in Global Gurus World’s Top 30 Leadership Professionals for 2019. Sanborn holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.
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David Hortsager
CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute
Trust Expert in Residence David Horsager is the bestselling author of The Trust Edge and CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute. He invented The Enterprise Trust Index™ and leads the charge in the nation’s foremost trust study—The Trust Outlook™.
Diversity and Enrichment Track
The DET is grounded in four pillars: Awareness, Knowledge, Application and Reflection. These pillars align with Student Development Theory: Kolb’s Theory of Experiential Learning (1984). Kolb defined learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience.” (Evans et al. 2010) The DET is designed to provide participants with a large variety of experiences to cultivate knowledge and integrate cultural awareness into their personal and professional lives.