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What is Inclusive Excellence at ¬“¬◊ ”∆Ķ?

¬“¬◊ ”∆Ķ values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives of our community members. We embrace diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, diversity of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing and intellectual viewpoint.

All members of the ¬“¬◊ ”∆Ķ community have a shared responsibility to act deliberately toward equitable outcomes. Inclusive Excellence is ¬“¬◊ ”∆Ķ‚Äôs framing of diversity, equity, inclusion, and other constructs that support belonging and well-being, resulting in the creation of a community where people strive to dismantle oppression and where individuals flourish.

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Campus-Wide Initiatives

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¬“¬◊ ”∆Ķ is home to a number of centers and offices dedicated to supporting equity and inclusive excellence, including the Center for Access and Success; Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education; Disabilities Resources; Gender & LGBTQIA Center; Isabella Cannon Global Education Center; and Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

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Intercultural learning opportunities permeate all aspects of the undergraduate experience at ¬“¬◊ ”∆Ķ, both in and out of the classroom. Many of our residential learning communities, student committees and student organizations have themes related to diversity and inclusion, and our identity and global engagement offices host conferences annually that further engage the university community in this work.

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¬“¬◊ ”∆Ķ‚Äôs graduate programs have their own opportunities and initiatives to engage students in inclusive excellence while they pursue their postgraduate studies. Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion within the School of Law, School of Health Sciences and other masters-level programs.

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The university provides faculty and staff with a growing list of trainings and professional development opportunities surrounding inclusive excellence, from workshops to employee resource groups. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning also offers resources that specifically support inclusive teaching.

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