Council on Inclusive Excellence
The Council was established in 2007, and its early work centered on (1) developing the theme of "identity" to guide its efforts during the three-year period, (2) developing programs for engaged dialogue in a broad array of campus settings, and (3) developing mechanisms for weaving inclusive excellence into the fabric of the University at all levels. Appreciation is expressed to the advisory councils and working committees collaborating with the Council.
Highlights to date are summarized below and are detailed in the Summary Table.
- Implemented the three-year campus-wide theme on Identity: Individuality, Community, Humanity: Exploring Our Identity to Understand Ourselves, Others, and How We Relate in the World for diversity initiatives, which took place each winter quarter from 2008 to 2010. Major guest speakers included Sean Theriault, Sylvia Hurtado and Troy Duster, who addressed topics such as "Growing Up Gay in the Catholic Church" and "Whitewashing Diversity in Academia: Wht's Behind the Strong Resistance to Multiculturalism?"
- Established programs for Engaged Dialogue to provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities for acquiring the knowledge and capacity to engage in civil discourse on topics related to identity, religion, sexuality, and cultural diversity. Examples include Kip Fulbeck's The Hapa Project, which was in exhibition at the de Saisset Museum throughout 2008-09, and the Difficult Dialogue Project being piloted by the Office of Multicultural Learning in collaboration with various academic programs.
- Implemented Perspectives. In consultation with staff and students, Perspectives, a three-part peer-educator program, was designed for student leaders to assist them in fostering an inclusive community at Santa Clara University. The program's three parts are (a) Exploring Perspectives, which focuses on exploring one's own social identity and multiple identities; (b) Understanding Perspectives, which focuses on developing an understanding of intergroup communication; and (c) Challenging Perspectives, which focuses on obtaining skills to engage in and challenge intergroup dialogue. A competitive grant awarded by the Access & Equity Grants Program of the Jesuit Network for Equitable Excellence in Higher Education supported the program's implementation and the evaluation of its effectiveness.
- Developed the University's new Diversity Web site to provide information, in a single place, on all of Santa Clara's Inclusive Excellence initiatives.
- Established the Multicultural Reading Area in the Learning Commons to feature print and other materials associated with diversity courses in the new Core Curriculum. Quarterly exhbits enliven the area!
- Instituted annual Inclusive Excellence Awards to honor students, faculty and staff who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to enhancing the University's multicultural community.
- Established the Inclusive Excellence Roundtable to identify best practices for faculty recruitment. Professor Allen Hammond, a faculty member from the law school and a member of the Council on Inclusive Excellence, chairs the Roundtable. Important Roundtable goals include identifying shared norms and best practices to guide the campus and enhance the University's efforts to further diversify its recruitment and candidate pools and ultimately its faculty. The Roundtable is composed of one representative from each of the recruitment/appointment committees actively engaged in searches during any calendar year. After an initial meeting in September, the Roundtable meets regularly during the course of the academic year. At each of the early meetings, designated members make presentations to the full group regarding the goals, strategies and practices used in their department's or School's current recruitment with an explanation of the environment in which the recruitment is taking place. After the initial presentations, the members provide updates on the progress of their respective recruitment efforts, engage in shared reflection on the recruitment progress and identify shared norms and best practices to guide the campus.
- Established an Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council to serve in an advisory capacity to the Council on Inclusive Excellence. In addition, one of the advisory group's members servces on the Council.
Click here for a Summary Table of highlights to date.