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Inclusive Excellence

In keeping with Providence College’s longstanding commitment to widening our embrace, the Office of Institutional Diversity endeavors to cultivate inclusive excellence throughout all levels of the College. Inclusive excellence is an “active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities” (AAC&U, 2012). Inclusive excellence invites us to move beyond the simple presence of diverse individuals toward the intentional development of institutional structures, policies, and practices that facilitate the success of all members of the campus community.

The PC Strategic Plan for Diversity centers around three pillars:

Structural diversity, diversity initiatives, diversity interactions

Inclusive Excellence Initiative

The Inclusive Excellence Initiative is designed to cultivate inclusive excellence at Providence College. As such, the workshops, lectures, and symposia within this initiative serve to

  • Articulate diversity as central to academic and institutional excellence
  • Broaden understanding of various forms of diversity and models for building inclusion
  • Share best practices for engaging and working within an increasingly diverse institutional context
  • Catalyze strategic diversity initiatives throughout departments on campus
  • Foster a network of inclusive excellence practitioners and scholars throughout the institution