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Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Inclusive Excellence

In the fall of 2012, as part of his inaugural address, President Lee Pelton asserted that the College would redouble its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Within days of that address, he announced the launch of a new initiative for Inclusive Excellence at Emerson.

The Inclusive Excellence Initiative brings together members of our community in the development of common language and goals related to diversity and inclusion.  More specifically, we will examine and set forth plans to:

  • Increase access to Emerson College for prospective students, faculty, and staff and alums while also enhancing our support for the academic and professional success of members of our community;
  • Develop a more inclusive campus environment, building community and enhancing human relations;
  • Innovate in teaching, learning and scholarship through the development of practices that serve to enhance the intercultural development of students in their curricular and co-curricular experience;
  • Grow scholarly and creative work focusing on diversity and inclusion, allowing us to maximize the talents of our already strong faculty;
  • Develop local and global relationships and partnerships that address pressing problems and serve the common good;
  • Recognize and reward innovative practices toward inclusion and establish measures of accountability for the achievement of goals related to diversity and inclusion; and
  • Build the infrastructure necessary for the achievement of inclusive excellence.

In consultation with faculty, students, and staff, we will develop a framework of excellence for Emerson College that values and maximizes diversity of background, diversity of thought, and diversity of perspectives.

Four Pillars of Inclusive Excellence

  • Diversity: The term diversity is used to describe individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning and working together.
  • Equity Mindedness: Exhibited by those who call attention to patterns of inequity and are willing to assume personal and institutional responsibility for the elimination of inequity.
  • Inclusion: Describes the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity – in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect – in ways that increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. (Adapted from the AAC&U website.)
  • Excellence: The quality of being excellent and the recognition that institutional excellence is not possible without fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities.