Academic Affairs and the Center for Academic Excellence are committed to Inclusive Excellence and recognize that inclusion and excellence are one in the same. Inclusive Excellence, then, is fundamental to scholarly rigor and academic success. Inclusive Excellence positions diversity as a strength to be actively and consistently engaged—with the objective of achieving myriad teaching and learning outcomes.
Inclusive Excellence does not position diversity as simply the presence of difference, but instead treats diversity as the intentional inclusion of the cultures, worldviews, gifts, talents, history, and traditions of all people and places. Inclusive Excellence employs a broad definition of diversity that includes:
- Gender identity
- Gender expression
- Sexual orientation
- Race and ethnicity
- Social class
Despite that diversity has become a strong commitment to many institutions of higher education, the research on higher education curricula indicates that historically represented peoples and perspectives continue to comprise the majority of curricular focus. In other words, historically underrepresented groups (including but not limited to people of Color, women, transgender, gender non-binary, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and people with disabilities) are still commonly excluded from the curriculum in many fields of study. Consequently, the Center for Academic Excellence is committed to supporting faculty in their development of an inclusive and more representative curriculum and an inclusive classroom environment through a variety of mediums including workshops, individual and group learning sessions, and online resources. The Inclusive Excellence Initiative is currently in development with additional details forthcoming!