Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.

Diversity at IMSA

Diversity Mission Statement


The IMSA diversity mission is to create, support and sustain a community that genuinely demonstrates the value of diversity of all of its members.


Diversity Vision Statement


IMSA’s diversity vision is to support and encourage an environment of trust and sensitivity to all cultures, beliefs, and viewpoints regardless of race, ethnicity, geographic origin, gender, religion, age, nationality, sexual orientation and abilities.


Diversity Stance


The affirmation, appreciation, and inclusion of multiple cultures are vital to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff and the IMSA community will be able to thrive in a multicultural academic and residential environment. From this perspective it is important that community members be effective at interacting across cultures, which is essential to IMSA’s mission “To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition." IMSA’s diverse cultural groups also include the political orientations, statewide regional cultures, and the multiplicity of beliefs, ideas, and visions that are critical to fostering an educational environment where students, faculty, and staff exchange ideas freely, encourage critical thinking, and reexamine their personal perspectives.


Diversity Goal


The overarching diversity goal, consistent with Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy law (105 IL CS 305/), is:


To inspire multicultural populations in the state of Illinois, through IMSA’s residential and extension programs, to engage in mathematics and science education in an effort to promote a diverse STEM workforce.