American Jewish University (AJU) is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all forms and areas of the university. We celebrate and foster a community of students, faculty, and staff, emphasizing and recognizing diversity on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, language, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information/characteristics, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other characteristics. To that end we continue our long-time commitment to hiring, retention, and recruitment policies and practices that bring our University community in line with our beliefs. Beyond embracing diversity in our broader secular community, we also specifically acknowledge, embrace, and respect diversity of opinion and the diversity of the Jewish community. Jews come from many racial and ethnic backgrounds and belong to different denominations and movements. All Jews and non-Jews are welcomed by the University. We will engage conversation within a diverse global community, striving to enrich individuals and organizations alike, and make our University community a more just and equitable one.
In making this statement, the American Jewish University is continuing the mandate of the Jewish tradition, including the Torah’s commandments that we love the stranger in our midst (Leviticus19:34, Deuteronomy 10:19), that there should be one law for the citizen and the stranger (Exodus 12:49) and that we love our neighbors as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18), for this last commandment, according to Rabbinic tradition, is a fundamental principle of the Torah (Genesis Rabbah 24:7).