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 instead of 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 ensure through structural interventions that all groups achieve 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 by developing initiatives that encourage diversity and “Inclusive Excellence.”


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Nov 1, 2022

UTSA receives HEED Award

UTSA has been named a recipient of the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity, one of the nation’s oldest and largest diversity publications in higher education. The award recognizes UTSA’s success in creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of all students, faculty and staff.

Sep 15, 2022

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, UTSA will showcase community leaders, faculty, staff and students around significant themes in Latinx culture. During these challenging times with the ongoing pandemic, racial unrest and political divide, UTSA’s celebration will focus on hope and resilience mirroring the national theme for this year. Roadrunners will celebrate the month with this guiding theme: “Unidos: Building a Stronger UTSA.” It’s an encouragement not just to look back and celebrate the past, but to honor the journey that now paves the path to an exciting and bold future.

Jun 1, 2022

Pride Month Events

Pride Month is an entire month dedicated to uplifting LGBTQIA+ voices, celebrating LGBTQIA+ culture, and supporting LGBTQIA+ rights. Throughout June, we celebrate the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people as a social group.

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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