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What is Inclusive Excellence?

Inclusive excellence moves beyond numbers and involves embedding practices and philosophies that encourage diversity in every aspect of an organization (Kathleen Nalty, 2007). The term diversity is often linked to numerical representation; however, the term “Inclusive Excellence” promotes institutionalization of systemic practices and philosophies, generating a broader outcome with numerical representation serving as a byproduct of inclusive excellence.

Inclusive excellence shifts the responsibilities for diversity toward the institution as opposed to one unit or area having sole responsibility of understanding and implementing the diversity mission. Inclusive excellence moves an institution, organization, or program from valuing diversity – with access and cultural competence as its primary goals – to ensuring through structural interventions that all groups are achieving the desired outcomes at equitable rates.

Why Inclusive Excellence Language in your Position Descriptions?

Inclusive Excellence language in your position announcements provides an inclusive communication to applicants and the public that recognizes respectful terminology for people from a variety of socio-cultural groups. Infusing this language in your position description further communicates the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The position description is typically the first item an applicant sees when embarking on the decision to seek out your institution for possible employment. One might say that the position description is similar to receiving an “invitation” to attend an event.

To that end, when promoting “Inclusive Excellence”, it is ideal to develop an application that includes inclusive excellence language, which communicates the University’s desire to attract the diverse skills that an applicant may bring to a position and communicate the inclusive environment of the institution.

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