Programs for Inclusive Excellence serves as a focal point for campus diversity efforts and collaborates with campus leadership. Our goal is to develop high-quality, high impact strategies to advance diversity and inclusion at the University of Arizona, the leading research university in the Southwest.
Our most critical function is to use empirically-based research findings and best practices to advise university leaders on methods to continually embed diversity and inclusion in the core of the UA’s mission. Doing so helps the university sustain itself over the long-term in a dynamic, interconnected and global marketplace while also advancing excellence in teaching, research and service. By focusing on the following functions, we aim to achieve excellence through inclusiveness.
- Research and disseminate best practices for diversity and inclusion within higher education. The UA’s ADVANCE Program was a major partner in these efforts during its grant years (2006-2013).
- Monitor the university’s progress in building a diverse and inclusive campus.
- Partner with the vice president for Human Resources, associate provost for Faculty Affairs and associate provost for Institutional Research and Planning Support to develop and implement measures to assess faculty and staff diversity.
- Collaborate with the nationally recognized Center for the Study of Higher Education to conduct research on contemporary diversity and inclusion issues in higher education as the opportunity arises.
- Create new and support existing institutional change agents for inclusion at every level of the university by sharing resources and creating professional development opportunities. Acknowledge campus catalysts for inclusion through the Inclusive Excellence Awards.
- Build a knowledge base and inventory of campus diversity programs.
- Develop and disseminate tools and resources to support the recruitment and retention of a diverse top-tier professoriate.
- Continue to create opportunities for ongoing dialogue between the president, senior leadership and diverse campus constituencies in order to identify and remove any barriers to equity, address unmet needs and create an affirming campus climate.
- Strengthen the university’s relationships with local, diverse Southern Arizona communities by facilitating the work of the president’s Diversity Task Force.
- Provide strategic support for the UA’s “think tanks” for diversity, such as the Diversity Coordinating Council and the Commission on the Status of Women.
- Facilitate communication and collaboration between campus diversity organizations and initiatives.