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Council on Inclusive Excellence
Advancing inclusive excellence or excellence through inclusion is a campus-wide goal reflected in Santa Clara's Jesuit values and traditions. As stated in the Fundamental Values of the University's Strategic Plan, "We cherish our diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni, a community that is enriched by people of different backgrounds, respectful of the dignity of all its members, enlivened by open communication, and caring and just toward others."
In September 2007, the Provost's Office, under the leadership of Provost Lucia Albino Gilbert, established the Provost's Council on Inclusive Excellence and the Office for Multicultural Learning to advance inclusive excellence on the Santa Clara campus. A year later, in December 2008, the Provost's Council was expanded and renamed the Council on Inclusive Excellence (its current name). The Council in both its current and original forms, as well as the Office for Multicultural Learning, are significant initiatives that build on the University's concerted efforts in this important area. An Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council, formed at the end of Spring Quarter 2008, serves in an advisory capacity to the Council on Inclusive Excellence.
As Audre Lorde has instructed us, "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."