Six Pillars of Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence Framework

Pillar 1.  A Safe and Welcoming Community

Nurture a welcoming and collaborative community that affirms diversity, enhances the well-being and self-actualization of all members, and engages in sustained and transformational courageous conversations around climate, equity, and diversity issues. Enact policies and practices that ensure safety and belonging for all members of the campus community.

Pillar 2.  Equitable Opportunities and Outcomes

Assess equity of access and outcomes across all constituencies and across diverse backgrounds, with particular focus on minoritized populations; develop intentional pathways to broaden the diversity of the student body, as well as, that of faculty, staff and administrators; develop and implement campus-wide strategies to retain students and employees from minoritized groups.

Pillar 3.  Strategic Partnerships

Broaden transdisciplinary collaboration and community partnerships across diverse sectors, this positioning the institution to co-lead in search of solutions to enduring systemic challenges locally, nationally, and globally.

Pillar 4.  Intercultural Humility Development

Collaborate in leading sustained culturally responsive curricular and co-curricular programming, learning opportunities, intergroup dialogue, and community service, which build capacities for effective cross-cultural communication and mutually affirming interpersonal relationships and cultivate cultural humility.  Support the understanding of our positionalities to increase our agency to transform systems for social justice.

Pillar 5.  Organizational Resources

Facilitate the coherent implementation of institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic goals, leverage existing resources and create new ones to support the development and implementation of inclusive excellence policies and practices that transform systems, elevate student success, and advance racial equity and social justice.

Pillar 6.  Collaborate Leadership and Shared Accountability

Establish a university culture that affirms shared responsibilities, human interdependence, and unity in diversity, cultivate a collective commitment to challenging oppressive power structures, elevate institutional inclusive-excellence planning and accountability across all levels, units and sectors.

Dr. Elavie Ndura and ODEI Team
Revised 3/2/2021