The President’s Annual Forum on Inclusive Excellence
“Building awareness for diversity, not as an isolated initiative, but as a catalyst for educational excellence”
- A focus on student intellectual and social development. Academically it means offering the best possible course of study for the context in which the education is offered.
- A purposeful development and utilization of organizational resources to enhance student learning. Organizationally, it means establishing an environment that challenges each student to achieve academically at high levels and each member of the campus to contribute to learning and knowledge development.
- Attention to the cultural differences learners bring to the educational experience which enhance the enterprise.
- A welcoming community that engages all of its diversity in the service of student and organizational learning.
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Dr. Hrabowski's talk was titled "Institutional Culture Change: Leadership and Academic Innovation."
Jonathan R. Alger, president of James Madison University, September 9, 2013
His topic: "The Future of Diversity as a Compelling Interest in Higher Education."
E. Gordon Gee, Ph.D., President, Ohio State University, April 24, 2012
William E. Kirwan, Ph.D., Chancellor, University System of Maryland, March 14, 2011
His topic: “Can We Achieve Our National Higher Education Goals of Access, Diversity, Affordability, and Excellence?”
Daryl G. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Psychology at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in Claremont, California, March 8, 2010
Her topic: "The Imperative of Diversity for Institutional Viability: Building Capacity for a Pluralistic Society“
Samuel Betances, Ph.D., Souder, Betances and Associates, February 3, 2009
His topic: "The Benefits and Values of Diversity to The University of Akron”