A Message From Karen Davis, Interim Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence

 Karen Davis

Hello and Welcome to our College’s Office of Inclusive Excellence Webpage!

The Association of American Colleges & Universities defines inclusive excellence as “designed to help colleges and universities integrate diversity, equity, and educational quality efforts into their missions and institutional operations.”

Launched in Fall 2018, our Office of Inclusive Excellence will augment and integrate diversity, equity, and excellence within the College through education, research, dialogue, policy, and assessment.

As we continue our initial rollout, we will launch two primary initiatives—a College-wide diversity audit (currently underway) and the development of a Strategic Inclusive Excellence Leadership Program. The Strategic Inclusive Excellence Leadership Program is in partnership with InterFaith Works and will use dialogue to develop inclusive excellence leadership skills—crucial for enhancing campus climate and skills cited by employers as essential for leadership in today’s global, diverse, and multicultural workforce. With guidance from the College’s Inclusive Excellence Council, the dialogue will be developed, piloted, and rolled out over two years and will engage more than 500 faculty, staff, and student leaders in dialogue—including administrators, teaching assistants, and student leaders.

The Office’s structure and programming are being informed in-part by the teachings of the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA). Through this intensive five-week course, ECS joined forty other colleges and universities in discussion and learning about best practices.

Soon, the Office will begin to house programs for student success and high-impact experiential programs, and begin to coordinate and host training and education for faculty, staff, and students.

I am excited and honored to dedicate myself to enhancing our College’s culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity. I ardently believe in the vision of the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and I am pleased to be in a position to move the needle in these critical areas.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with ideas, questions, and concerns. Working together, we can have the most significant impact.

Sincerely,
Karen Davis
Interim Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence Council

 Inclusive Excellence Council

The Council’s charge for the 2018-2019 academic year Council is stated below, with the understanding that the College mission and goals for Inclusive Excellence are evolving.

  • Conduct a diversity audit of the College
  • Guide creation and engagement of a Strategic Inclusive Excellence Leadership Dialogue
  • Examine processes for hiring, promotion, and tenure, in support of efforts like the 50 Over Five hiring initiative
  • Advise on the long-term strategic plan for Inclusive Excellence
  • Identify monitoring metrics to incorporate into the College strategic plan
  • Articulate roles, term limits, and operational details of the Council
  • Articulate the long-term strategic goals for diversity, inclusion, excellence, and equity—to be incorporated into the College Strategic Plan.

Inclusive Council Representatives

Student Leaders

Updates, Questions, and Feedback

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For additional information and updates on diversity and inclusion efforts in the College, be sure to watch the following outlets:

To ask questions or provide feedback on these crucial topics, please refer to the following options: