Diversity makes life more fun,
says UPD Officer Sue Stewart
By Audrey Webb
Texas State University takes diversity very seriously, ensuring all students their education and campus involvement will not be impeded by their race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, veterans’ status or sexual orientation. This commitment is ingrained in the Texas State culture — from such programs as the Allies of Texas State to courses that lead to a minor in diversity studies. In fact, in order to register a student organization, the group’s founders must sign a statement agreeing that “the university has a special responsibility to seek cultural diversity, to instill a global perspective in its students and to nurture sensitivity, tolerance and mutual respect.”
The commitment to making Texas State a place where diversity is embraced extends far beyond written words on a page. Sue Stewart, recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Diversity staff award and a 10-year veteran of the Texas State University Police Department, embodies diversity not only as part of her job, but also as part of her life philosophy.
“Diversity is just fun. It just is,” says Stewart. “I have found that as a police officer, if you can connect with people then you can talk about things more easily. For me, it’s important to understand why people do the things they do, mainly because it’s interesting.”