Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Race and Ethnicity Definitions

The University is required to report on the race/ethnicity of its faculty, staff, and students to the federal government for civil rights enforcement purposes. The Department of Education (DOE) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have approved the following categories for reporting purposes.

American Indian or Alaskan Native

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Black or African American

A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

Hispanic or Latino

A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

A person having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

White

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.