Inclusive Excellence Driving University Success

  • Improve access, retention and graduation of underrepresented students. Examples include encouraging collaboration between university programs that serve diverse students, improving individualized support for students with unique needs (childcare, mental health, etc.), evaluating opportunities to eliminate barriers for study abroad, internships, career fairs, and other high impact learning experiences, and leveraging opportunities created by college access programs and the university’s multicultural resource center.
  • Improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and staff. Examples include expanding mentorship programs, including community engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work in the faculty tenure and promotion model, and including items in administrative assessments to address accountability for DEI.
  • Evaluate opportunities to implement curricular changes related to DEI. Examples include expanding Bear POWER to a four-year program and growing academic partnerships with HBCUs.
  • Enhance the university’s DEI influence and impact on campus and in the community through training and education, developing new and expanding existing partnerships, and creating opportunities for diverse engagement.