​Inclusive Excellence

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Goal: Advance new models of best practices, attending to core values and culture, for integrating diversity, equity and inclusive excellence into the living culture of the College.

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Key Characteristics

  • Advocacy of the value of multicultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusive excellence throughout the College.
  • A culture of welcoming all people that offers opportunities for everyone to succeed and thrive.
  • A collaborative community where the benefits of human and intellectual diversity, and inclusive excellence, are valued as intrinsic assets at the core of educational and professional development.
  • A sense of belonging with respect and dignity, transparency and freedom of self-expression, open communication and individual identities embraced for inclusivity and excellence that strengthen a multicultural community.
  • Equity in representation among faculty, staff and students demonstrated through recruitment, retention, professional development and participation in collaborative activities.
  • Peer recognition of the College's diversity and inclusion programs as new models of best practices that inform other educational environments for emulation.

Key Strategic Initiatives

  • Equip faculty, staff and students with tools to recognize what it means and takes to have a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Conduct new College employee welcome orientation (faculty, staff, graduate students) through:
    • Initial diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) conversations.
    • Professional development with continued DEI conversations for expansion of DEI awareness.
  • Respect the value of staff with support (e.g., time release, financial assistance) for professional development in DEI and for career advancement.
  • Establish DEI core curricula and training programs to be available for all in the College.
  • Develop affinity groups for the College.
  • Create recruitment initiatives to increase the diversity of staff hiring pools.
  • Create guidelines, expectations and rubrics for assessing DEI compliance and competency of staff and faculty to use when assigning merit.

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