Santa Clara University

Diversity at Santa Clara University

Council and Its Goals/Activities

The Council on Inclusive Excellence, which the Provost chairs, has as its overarching goal creating and sustaining an inclusive community striving for excellence. The process of achieving inclusive excellence or excellence through inclusion belongs to everyone - students, staff, and faculty. Institutional changes come about through the actions of many, not just a few. The Council collectively strives to provide leadership for advancing the importance of inclusive excellence on our campus by creating and implementing activities and structures that enhance the "active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity - in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, religious, and geographical) with which individuals might connect in ways that increase one's awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions."

The Council consists of 14 members who serve on the Council's four working groups:

  • Core curriculum and learning environment - curricular and co-curricular
  • Staff mentoring, education and training
  • Faculty recruitment, retention and mentoring
  • Student experience and campus climate

Click here for a summary of the Council's activities and accomplishments. The Council's working groups have established several definitions and guiding principles for its work. In addition, it has formed several advisory councils to assist them in achieving the University's goals for inclusive excellence in thsir respective areas.

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