Employment Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The measure of a Life is its Service. Sam Houston State University Motto

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer. Meeting meaningful goals for diversity, equity and inclusion is key for the success of the University community. SHSU is committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness on campus, and to providing a safe, supportive workplace for all faculty, staff and students. We will recognize and thoughtfully consider our differences in order to foster an environment that consistently offers the following:

Diversity: All staff and faculty demonstrating acceptance of and respect for others, even when we have different experiences, such as military, religious, cultural or educational, or when we have different abilities, ideas, perspectives and approaches, language skills or communication styles, socioeconomic backgrounds or originate from different geographic regions.

Equity: All qualified applicants and employees receiving consideration for employment or promotion without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Inclusion: A more adaptable, competitive and innovative environment, with a wider range of skills and solutions to meet the challenges we face. SHSU takes seriously the initiative to make the needed extra efforts to remedy the areas of underutilization in our Affirmative Action Plan. SHSU’s Staffing Team works with the Diversity Coordinator and all departments to attract and retain a diverse faculty and staff.

Diversity at SHSU includes all characteristics and experiences of every member of our community.  It is reflected in our thinking and our actions.  We will work together to capitalize on this diversity for the benefit of all of our constituents.

At SHSU, we are all Bearkats. And Bearkats can consistently:

Sammy holding sign that says - Be Empathetic Always Respectful Kind And Tolerant

Continue the Conversation...

Faculty and Staff Bearkats: Connect with Us! Get involved in Networking, Social, Professional Development and Service activities.

...and click below to meet some of our Champions of Diversity

SHSU Champions of Diversity

To learn more about working with our Affirmative Action goals, please view the Search Committee Member Training video.

View links to consider when posting your department's employment opportunities. Remember to contact Human Resources before posting the job ad.

Save the Date!  The 2019 Diversity Leadership Conference will take place on February 15 and 16, 2019.  Past conference information is available. 

For Faculty/Staff:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources for Faculty and Staff:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources for Students:

Statement of Non Discrimination

Sam Houston State University, in accordance with applicable federal and state law (including Title VII and Title IX) and institutional values, prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. A person who believes that he or she has been subjected to any type of discrimination should report the incident to the appropriate University official, administrator, or supervisor. Students are encouraged to report such incidents to the Director of Equity and Inclusion or the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Risk Management. Employees and visitors are encouraged to report to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Risk Management. Incidents should be reported as soon as possible after the time of their occurrence. No person is required to report discrimination to the alleged offender. Every attempt should be made to keep the information confidential and restricted to only those who have an absolute need to know. A person who makes a complaint should be advised that principles of fairness and due process may require disclosure to the alleged harasser, who shall be warned against retaliation upon pain of disciplinary action.

Complaints alleging sexual harassment are governed by and investigated under the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures.