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  • The value of diversity is ingrained in the mission and objectives of Blackburn College.

    The Blackburn College Statement of Mission includes the following: “The Blackburn community values critical and independent thinking, leadership development, respect for all individuals, and lifelong learning.”

    This awareness of diversity’s importance is also apparent in the College’s educational objectives, one of which states: “A Blackburn graduate should be able to understand other cultures and other cultural frames or perspectives for understanding and interpreting experience.”

    Diversity continues to be recognized as a critical element in establishing a rich and valuable educational environment that produces graduates who have achieved a wider educational experience and understanding.

    Statement On Civil Rights/Non-Discrimination

    The facilities and services of the College are open to all students without respect to gender, race, color, age, ancestry, religion, marital status, national origin, physical or mental handicap, military status or sexual orientation. The President of the College is the Civil Rights Compliance Officer.

    Title IX states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Therefore, the college takes seriously all reports of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, retaliation, and related civil rights investigations.

    Title IX Investigators are: Melissa Jones wo can be reached at, 217-854-5514, or her office in Ludlum 215 and Abbey Hardin who can be reached at, 217-854-5586, or her office in DCC 123.

    More information about confidential reporting options and investigation procedures can be found in the B-Book (student handbook). You are welcome to discuss your concerns with Eda Watts, Director of Diversity and Inclusion in DCC 109.