Inclusive Excellence

Jorge Breton
Jorge Breton
Hispanic Initiatives Director
Carol Colatrella
Carol Colatrella
Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies; Co-Director, WST Center
Cynthia Moore
Cynthia Moore
Director of OMED
Gordon Moore
Gordon Moore
Executive Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion
Mary Lynn Realff
Mary Lynn Realff
Associate Professor & Assoc. Chair for Undergrad Programs

How would you define this big idea?

Social justice on campus requires working toward inclusive excellence in all aspects of university. The faculty and staff members who coordinate Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives collaboratively aim to enhance student understanding of social justice through involvement in community service focusing on sustainability and civic engagement. Student initiatives in Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion include the OMED Challenge and Edge peer mentoring programs, various initiatives in the Office of Hispanic Initiatives, and the Women, Science, and Technology Learning Community. By encouraging students in diversity and inclusion programs to participate in community service and civic engagement, Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion student programs seek to increase understanding of social sustainability, defined by the Business Dictionary as “The ability of a community to develop processes and structures which not only meet the needs of its current members but also support the ability of future generations to maintain a healthy community.”

How is this big idea included in your work?

Students in Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs such as OMED Challenge and Edge peer-mentoring programs, various initiatives in the Office of Hispanic Initiatives, and the Women, Science, and Technology Learning Community will volunteer to participate in common community service projects.

Students in Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs might also or instead volunteer as contributors to faculty projects that link sustainability, service, and social justice.

Students in Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs will also be encouraged to take courses related to sustainability and/or social justice.

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Vice President of Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Archie Ervin’s statement

Inclusive excellence is a strategic framework, encouraging active examination and evaluation of Tech’s practices and policies. This tactical assessment will allow the Institution to set goals with measurable outcomes. Our success is dependent on how well we value, engage and include the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni constituents, and all the valuable social dimensions that they bring to the campus. More than a short-term project or single office initiative, inclusive excellence is a comprehensive approach that requires a fundamental transformation of the institution by embedding and practicing inclusive excellence in every effort, aspect, and level of our Institution. The goal is to make inclusive excellence a habit that is implemented and practiced consistently. To practice inclusiveness is excellence.

Understanding Diversity

We believe that diversity includes the individual differences among people from differing: Social, racial, or ethnic backgrounds; Gender; Sexual orientations; Gender identities and expressions; Economic circumstances; Personal characteristics; Philosophical outlooks; Life experiences; Perspectives; Beliefs; Expectations; Physical abilities; and Aspirations.

Each of these characteristics, both singularly and in combination, contributes to the richness of the Georgia Tech community.