Inherent in the land-grant mission of the University of Illinois Extension is an emphasis on diversity. Diversity is defined as differences among people in age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual, orientation, spiritual practice, and other differences. It is a logical outgrowth of the continuing demographic changes occurring in American society, which the multicultural nature of Illinois reflects. Extension acknowledges individual diversity as the foundation for our nation's wealth. Whether that difference arises from race, ethnicity, gender, physical or mental abilities, Extension values the uniqueness that it brings to Illinois and recognizes that opportunities for educational, social and economic advancement come when people view the world differently. In an effort to promote diversity within Extension, the organization encourages mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork, and productivity among all employees and volunteers.
In keeping with the land-grant mission of University of Illinois, Extension's emphasis on diversity further strengthens our historical commitment to serving all Illinois residents. Our land-grant mission and geographical location give the University in a unique opportunity to be one of the most diverse institutions in the United States. Extension utilizes the positive aspects of diversity to create effective educational programs that empower individuals to contribute to the social, political, and economic life of the state and nation.
Extension considers promoting diversity among its workforce, audiences, and programs to be a high priority and has developed a systemwide advocacy program to encourage each county to increase its programming outreach.
In order to meet the needs of the workforce in the year 2000 and beyond, Extension seeks innovative ways to encourage various audiences to use its services and to promote diversity.
Extension's emphasis on diversity focuses the organization's resources on the design of dynamic, innovative, and unique educational programs that address the needs, concerns and opportunities of the state's population.