Integrating Diversity and Inclusion into MSU Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver takes a pro-active and balanced approach to diversity. It supports and values diversity in all forms in a teaching and learning community marked by mutual respect, inclusion, and cooperation. Diversity is reflected in the curriculum, in activities of the university, and in the composition of faculty, staff, and students. MSU Denver embraces the diversity and inclusion of all people regardless of their identity. These identities include but are not limited to ability, age, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, immigration status, intellectual differences, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
MSU Denver diversity and inclusion work is based on the Inclusive Excellence theory. Inclusive Excellence is the process of embedding the interrelationship between diversity and quality education at the core of the institution. The four main areas of Inclusive Leadership involve are acess and equity; diversity in the formal and informal curriculum; campus climate; and student learning and development.
Acess and Equity: Ensuring the university welcomes historically underrepresented students, faculty, and staff and has the support systems in place to enhance their success.
Diversity in the Formal and Informal Curriculum: Supporting diversity of content across academic disciplines as well as the social dimensions of the campus.
Campus Climate: Fostering a supportive environment that encourages all students to reach their full potential and strive for educational achievement.
Student Learning and Development: Acquiring knowledge about diverse groups and developing cognitive complexity.
(Banks, 2009; Williams, Berger & McClenden, 2005)