Acknowledging Differences While Avoiding Contention

At the institutional level, BYU’s statement on fostering an enriched environment notes that “it is the University’s judgment that providing educational opportunities for a mix of students who share values based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences is an important educational asset to BYU.” Diversity is also valued at the college and department level. For example, one of the program objectives for the undergraduate sociology degree is instruction in the “diversity of social life, the origins of inequality, social conflict, and the relations of power in modern society.” As sociology faculty, we consider it essential that students be prepared to work in a diverse workforce and to serve in an international church.

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