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:
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
Divisional and Departmental Diversity Study Utilizing data prepared by Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness, Providence College divisions and academic departments will be asked to assess and evaluate their achievements, efforts, challenges, and priorities with regard to diversity. This assessment will help Institutional Diversity better align its resources with divisional and departmental needs and inform the revisions of the College's Strategic Plan for Diversity (SPFD). More details to come...
"Inclusive Excellence Teach-in" with Tia Brown McNair, Ph.D., vice president of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
"The Vision and Practice of Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education" with Shirley Collado, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer, Rutgers University
"Understanding Implicit Stereotypes and their Impact on Inclusion" with Saaid Mendoza, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, Providence College
"Understanding the Impact of Loneliness and Belonging at Work" with Deirdre Snyder, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, Providence College