Marshall University is an institution of higher learning committed to promoting an inclusive environment and has affirmed this commitment through its pledge to be "Open to All."
The city-wide Open to All campaign in Huntington began in 2016 to encourage local businesses and organizations to make a pledge to maintain a welcoming and safe environment for all visitors, customers, employees, vendors and clients, regardless of race, religion, ancestry, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
President Gilbert joined city officials Monday morning at City Hall to declare the university’s "Open to All" status and hosted a reception at his home yesterday to celebrate the announcement.
"The City of Huntington’s ‘Open to All’ campaign allows Marshall University to pledge its commitment to the university family, to let them know we are a community that embraces all diversity and the expansion of knowledge, the defense of individual rights and the promotion of civic responsibility," said Gilbert.
He added that university staff members recently led the formation of the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, and he supports its mission to further foster an environment in which all people feel welcome and all opinions are respected.
"The commission will help us focus on activities and programs that will promote a stronger and more diverse Marshall family," Gilbert said. "This is one of two commissions we have recently established to assist the university in communicating some of our core institutional values. I look forward to the progress our university will make with these organizations in place."
View photos of the Open to All Reception which occurred on January 9, 2018, at the home of Dr. Gilbert.