Inclusive Excellence Goal. The overarching aspects of the College’s Inclusive Excellence plan include recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students into an inclusive environment that engages diversity and values equity. Over the next 3 years, the College leadership will continue to recruit and retain faculty and staff whose identities more closely align with the characteristics of our student body. We will ensure that faculty and staff responsible for critical decisions in hiring and admissions processes are well-versed in best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and develop procedures and processes to ensure equity in our hiring, promotion, and student admissions practices. We will examine our curriculum to identify opportunities to better integrate themes of equity and engage our diverse student perspectives. Finally, we will foster opportunities for growth in diversity-related knowledge, skills, and values through experiential learning, trainings, self-assessment and reflection among faculty, staff, and students.
Research in public health, sociology and psychology have documented the pernicious public health impacts of racism for more than 30 years. In more recent years, various jurisdictions and professional societies across the country have declared racism as a public health emergency and have called for action from the public health community. The College is well-positioned to address this call to action by advancing racial equity and justice. The College’s conceptual framework for diversity, equity and inclusion embraces the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with individuals of diverse backgrounds, race and ethnicities – in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in university communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which students, faculty, and staff might connect in order to increase self-awareness, knowledge, constructive interaction, and working relationships.