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A WORLD CLASS UNIVERSITY REFLECTS THE WORLD

"Rensselaer must and will achieve true intellectual, geographic, gender and ethnic diversity in our students, faculty and staff, in order to draw upon the best talent available, and to prepare our students to work and lead in a global economy."

The essence of The Rensselaer Plan, the vision of the future of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is summarized in one phrase: "To be a top-tier world-class technological research university with global reach and global impact."

For any institution to reflect an entire world of intelligence and perspectives — to achieve global reach and global impact — it must, by its very nature, reflect, represent and respect people and viewpoints from every walk of life. Rensselaer, as part of its official mission, aspires to such diversity — not just of cultures, races and genders, but of thoughts, disciplines and ideas. Nothing less.

We have chosen to illustrate this point with a kaleidoscopic view of the world, because the kaleidoscope demonstrates rather beautifully how colorful, multi-dimensional, and ever-changing the world is today. To be at the cutting edge the education we offer our students must reflect this kaleidoscope, and must develop in them the ability to interweave rather than separate, disciplines, pursuits and individuals.

— Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. Rensselaer President

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