At The University Akron, we strive to create a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
We respect and celebrate our differences and invite you to join us in creating an environment that is inclusive and excellent. Inclusive Excellence is broader than past diversity initiatives. At The University of Akron, it is defined as creating a framework for excellence that incorporates diversity at its core while linking the quality of the educational experience.
Normally diversity is not typically a focus at any level in "quality-improvement" efforts. As a result, educational leaders routinely work on diversity initiatives within one committee on campus and work on strengthening the quality of the educational experience within another. This disconnect serves students - and all of education - poorly.
Making Excellence Inclusive seeks to bring about comprehensive educational reform based on research and theory, not only about "what works" to help all students achieve new forms and levels of excellence, but also about how diversity in the academy adds a richness to the educational experience of students while producing a robust creative environment for faculty and staff.
For faculty and staff:
We all play a role in creating an environment that is inclusive. Please visit this Web site regularly, as it will be evolving with interesting information about Inclusive Excellence and what it means for you.
Lee A. Gill, J.D.
Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Equity/Chief Diversity Officer
Creating a framework for excellence that incorporates diversity at its core while linking the quality of educational experience.