At John F. Kennedy University, we are deeply inspired by our namesake President John F. Kennedy's educational ideals. As we celebrate Black History Month and President's Day, it is an ideal time to reflect on our commitment to providing access to innovative educational opportunities that integrate theory and life experience to a diverse student body.
At JFK University, we recognize that an inclusive college environment is one that supports the academic community in gaining the awareness, knowledge and skills to work effectively with all people. We believe that diversity brings a new perspective to every industry and is especially important as we prepare our students for the future. Our University community is one that embraces the differences of all into the academic fabric and appreciates these differences as drivers of change. Welcoming diversity keeps us adaptable and sustainable in today's ever-changing environment, which is why we are dedicated to offering services and resources through the Undergraduate Success Center and VALOR Center to serve Hispanic/Latina-o and underserved students as well as military/veteran students.
Our mission, "to provide access to educational opportunities that positively impact the lives of students, their families and their communities," drives us to reach beyond current limitations to offer programs that enable lifelong learners to achieve their educational goals. The importance of diversity and access reaches across the broad spectrum of our University community. The Black Law Student Association began Black History Month by hosting a special screening of the documentary Soul of Justice, and received a special visit from Justice Martin Jenkins, Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal. The BLSA continues to host events during the month that bring together students from diverse backgrounds to discuss the film and related topics. We are also fortunate to have faculty members such as Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, a professor in the PsyD program who was named Ms. Wheelchair America 2016 for her lifelong achievements in advancing the rights of those with disabilities across the nation. Students of Dr. Coble-Temple benefit from her innovative teaching strategies and her stories of perseverance that have guided her professional and personal endeavors. You can hear more from Dr. Coble-Temple at "Patient No More" part 3, which takes place on March 1 at our Berkeley Campus.
Furthermore, the John F. Kennedy University Diversity Office supports the commitment of the University to promote a Living Culture of Diversity. In supporting a respectful and inclusive work and academic learning environment, the Diversity Office is a resource available for the University community, including students, faculty and staff. True to our name, John F. Kennedy University will remain committed to a culture that respects and values all forms of diversity while supporting academic excellence, creativity, collaboration and leadership.