Theme 6

Theme 6: Inclusive Excellence

Building our capacity for diversity and inclusion by placing emphasis on the success of students, faculty and staff, the perceptions of internal and external constituents, and demonstrability of diversity and inclusion as a core value for the university.


Inclusive Excellence is a national framework that champions the importance of integrating diversity and inclusion efforts into all functions of the university in pursuit of its educational mission. By incorporating and valuing diversity and inclusion as a core component of excellence, diversity and inclusion efforts become critical to the educational enterprise and are not seen as standalone initiatives. Through Inclusive Excellence, we acknowledge the legitimate contributions of diversity and inclusion efforts to the educational mission of the university in all spheres: teaching, research, service, cocurricular, recruitment of students, faculty and staff, and engagement with the publics we serve. K-State has a tremendous amount of diversity and inclusion work taking place across the university landscape. Scholars, practitioners and students alike are working on diversity and inclusion at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. However, much of this work is only known at the individual and departmental levels. Through Inclusive Excellence, we will bring these efforts to the forefront of the university to aid in the accomplishment of our legitimate diversity and inclusion aims and our educational mission.


Inclusive Excellence is inseparable from our educational mission. The K-State 2025 Visionary Plan calls for integrated learning communities experienced by students, faculty and staff that promote student success within a culture of excellence. Additionally, K-State seeks to develop, promote, reward and support excellent teaching and teacher development by recruiting and retaining superior, diverse faculty with demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring. K-State desires to acquire and sustain a talented, high-performing and diverse workforce recognized for excellence and award- winning faculty and researchers. The K-State Principles of Community are also rooted in the framework of Inclusive Excellence. Our Principles of Community demonstrate our quest for equality and commitment to maintaining an atmosphere of justice based on respect for each other and valuing integrity. K-State believes that diversity of views enriches our learning environment, and we promote open expression within a climate of courtesy, sensitivity and mutual respect. As a university community, we strive to contribute to a positive spirit that affirms learning and growth for all members of the community.

Aim 6

Create and utilize a resource (i.e., dashboard or website) that tracks progress on inclusive excellence outcomes obtained by students, faculty, staff and the university community.

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