Inclusive Excellence Driving University Success

Inclusive Excellence defined​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Inclusive Excellence, as defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), is the active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity — in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum and in communities — in ways that increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.


Cultural consciousness

Missouri State is committed to being a culturally conscious leader in the Springfield community. It will deliver education, training and growth opportunities to the campus and beyond – keys to developing engaged citizens and diverse workplaces.

Diversity growth

Diversity is a demographic reality and it is growing nationally

Diverse populations make up about 23% of the United States. As the nation and state become more racially and ethnically diverse, how will Missouri State continue to provide access to educational opportunities?

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Diversity partnerships

Campus and community benefit from diversity partnerships

Marcus is a graduate student in the College of Business pursuing his MBA with a focus in management. His goal is to work in human resources.

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Moving from grassroots to a culture of caring and belonging

In 2009, Missouri State declared inclusive excellence as a core value and one of the university's top priorities. The university has consistently worked to enhance the culture on campus and within the Springfield community. It has demonstrated a commitment to recognize the value of inclusion and the contributions of all members of the community.

More remains to be done.

Campus climate

Advance findings of campus climate study

Building on the principal findings of the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey, Missouri State will work to raise the participation in – and positive responses to – annual polls, especially in the undergraduate student population where only 9% participated in the first year.

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Campus culture

Campus culture transforms perspectives

Nick is a Missouri State junior from Kennett, Missouri. He comes from a close-knit family with ties to health care and educational communities. During high school, Nick played sports and was active in National Honor Society. He also began identifying with the LGBTQIA+ community.

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