Diversity and Community Engagement

The University of Mississippi

Guiding Statements


The University of Mississippi’s mission is to create, evaluate, share and apply knowledge in a free, open and inclusive environment of intellectual inquiry. Building upon a distinguished foundation in the liberal arts, the state’s oldest university serves the people of Mississippi and the world through a breadth of academic, research and professional programs. The University of Mississippi provides an academic experience that emphasizes critical thinking, encourages intellectual depth and creativity, challenges and inspires a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate and professional students; provides enriching opportunities outside the classroom, supports lifelong learning; and develops a sense of global responsibility.

UM Creed

The University of Mississippi is a community of learning dedicated to nurturing excellence in intellectual inquiry and personal character in an open and diverse environment. As a voluntary member of this community:

I believe in respect for the dignity of each person.

I believe in fairness and civility.

I believe in personal and professional integrity.

I believe in academic honesty.

I believe in academic freedom.

I believe in good stewardship of our resources.

I pledge to uphold these values and encourage others to follow my example.

Respect the M

The 10 guiding principles of Respect the M are pay attention, listen, acknowledge others, think the best, be patient, be inclusive, avoid hateful speech, don’t speak ill of others, check your biases, and respect others’ opinions.