Diversity

Diversity Mission Statement

We believe that a diverse learning community is vital to achieving our mission of supporting learner success.

As an online university serving a diverse society, we create a learning community made up of individuals representing a rich mixture of identities, experiences and beliefs, including different genders, ages, racial-ethnic backgrounds, languages, economic strata, religious beliefs and practices, sexual orientations, abilities and disabilities, national and geographical origins and locations, political beliefs and values.

Capella is committed to a set of guiding values that are employee and learner centric. Rooted in our value of human potential, we are dedicated to an inclusive culture that supports our employees and our learners in achieving their fullest potential. We believe that diversity strengthens our organization by drawing on the varied perspectives and life experiences of an array of talented people. Additionally, we strive to be a culturally competent organization (as reflected in our mission, practices and policies) in order to effectively serve our global society.

Fulfilling our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

It is our intent to achieve our mission in the following ways:

  • Creating a collaborative working and learning community that is respectful, inclusive and valuing of diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds.
  • Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff members with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds, and by utilizing creative and equitable processes to support them.
  • Recruiting and retaining learners with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds; and by providing services which support them in successful degree completion and the attainment of their professional goals.
  • Promoting the transformative exchange of ideas in a high-quality professional curriculum infused with multicultural competencies, which prepares graduates to be effective in a multicultural society. Less...
Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Capella’s Community Connection (C3) plans and organizes volunteer activities and programs that support the communities where we live and work, and provide a means for Capella employees to be involved.

Here are a few of our community partners:

  • Backpacks for Kids
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Jeremiah Program
  • Meals on Wheels
  • MS 150 Bike Team
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Everybody Wins MN!
  • Cook for Kids
  • Educational Outreach
  • Friends of the Mississippi

Employee Networking Groups

At Capella we are committed to building an environment of trust and collaboration that embraces group and individual differences.  One way employees can get involved is through one of several employee networking groups, which have been established to provide a forum for people with shared experiences to connect and build community within Capella. Some examples of networking groups include Pride Alliance, Women In Leadership, and Capella Armed Forces and Veteran’s Group. Less...

Beyond the Yellow Ribbonyellow-ribbon

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members and families with community support, training, services, and resources. Capella University was the first institution of higher learning to be recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Company in 2010. Capella is committed to serving and supporting service members, veterans, and their families in the Capella community. Yellow Ribbon commitment is planned by the university’s Yellow Ribbon Alliance, a group of veteran employees and advocates for the military community.