Office of 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 of bolstering diversity toward the whole institution, as opposed to one unit or area having the 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.

The University of Texas at San Antonio seeks to promote an inclusive community of learners, an awareness and appreciation of multicultural perspectives, and the establishment of policies, practices, programs, and resources designed to embrace and support diversity.

At UTSA, inclusiveness and excellence are two of the core values. The Office of Inclusive Excellence serves as an agent and resource to provide leadership on issues related to diversity. Our goal is to support and promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of campus life through the development of initiatives that encourage diversity and “Inclusive Excellence.”


Inclusive Excellence is at the core of all that we do as an institution of higher learning. I believe that “you can have diversity without excellence but you can’t have excellence without diversity.”

- Dr. Myron Anderson, UTSA Vice President for Inclusive Excellence


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SABIFF 2019 Inaugural Festivities Presents Diverse Stories and Engaging Events

Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Center, Inc. is proud to present the San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF) 2019, the first S.A. festival reflecting marginalized Black voices and images on film that address issues germane to bringing illumination to Blackness in 'reel' time.

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UTSA Office of Inclusive Excellence supports campus affinity groups

The Office of Inclusive Excellence, which advocates for equity, diversity and inclusivity at UTSA, is now serving as the administrative “home” to faculty and staff affinity groups—voluntary associations of those who have common interests.

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Signature Events

UTSA has been committed to diversity since our beginning. The Office of Inclusive Excellence brings together faculty, staff and students from across the university to advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Staff Scholarship for Leadership Institute Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Center for Professional Excellence in the UTSA College of Business, in collaboration with the Office of Inclusive Excellence, is offering a staff scholarship for a Leadership Institute Certificate specializing in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Diversity Award Winners

In keeping with UTSA Core Values, the President's Distinguished Diversity Awards are annual awards that bestow the highest level of recognition to individuals or groups for work that helps the UTSA community think about and practive diversity and inclusion in creative and collaborative ways.

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Advisory Board

The University of Texas at San Antonio has been committed to diversity since our beginning. The Office of Inclusive Excellence brings together faculty, staff and students from across the university to advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion.