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