ACHA Reaffirms Its Support for Equality, Cultural Inclusion, and Respect for All

For nearly a century, The American College Health Association (ACHA) has been on the front lines of higher education response to a host of public health and social issues that challenge the health, emotional well-being, and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Today we face a myriad of new challenges. Therefore, in light of numerous policy and legal debates across the nation, ACHA considers it vitally important to remind our members, campus communities, and policymakers of ACHA’s core values, the most important of which is our commitment to “social justice, human dignity, and respect for all.”

ACHA member institutions are not immune to the effects of broad social discourse and public policy. At a time when our students, colleagues, and campus staff may feel anxious or even marginalized due to their faith, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity, ACHA reaffirms its statement of non-discrimination in support of “all initiatives to create a campus climate guided by the values of cultural inclusion, respect, equality, and equity.”

Regarding recent actions on state and federal levels to impede the freedoms of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) community, ACHA reiterates its “unwavering opposition to any such legislation that permits intentional acts of discrimination.”

We call upon all elected officials and policymakers to keep social justice, human dignity, and respect for all people at the forefront of their thoughts as they consider legislative and regulatory changes. The shared values that reflect the core essence of our nation also form the cornerstone of a safe and secure environment that nurtures student success.