The Inclusive Excellence Framework

Education and Scholarship

Goal: Engage students, faculty and staff in learning varied perspectives of domestic and global diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Objective 1: Offer courses, curricula, and learning opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels that achieve diversity and inclusion learning goals.

Strategies:

  1. Implement the plan for undergraduate curricular transformation (Human Diversity into curriculum found in the RIT Strategic Plan) and enrich academic curriculum with courses and programs addressing a broad understanding of global issues.
  2. Establish incentives for individual faculty and academic units to adapt existing courses and academic programs for global outreach education, and develop new courses and programs as needed.
  3. Develop opportunities that help faculty assess the achievement of diversity-related learning outcomes in class or extra-curricular experiences.
  4. Hire faculty and staff with content expertise in areas of study that examine diverse identities and cultures.

Indicators:

  1. Number of students enrolled in courses with the Human Diversity designation.
  2. Number of undergraduate and graduate students engaged in internationalization efforts using measures outlined in Global Society efforts (e.g. number of students participating in education abroad, work abroad, etc.).
  3. Increase in students reporting increased dialogue between and greater understanding of other races or cultures on assessment surveys (e.g. NSSE and other relevant surveys of student experiences/outcomes).

Objective 2: Increase the multicultural competencies and capacities of faculty and staff.

Strategies:

  1. Establish on-line and in-classroom professional development opportunities designed to improve multicultural competencies of faculty and staff for domestic and global settings.
  2. Assist faculty with learning new competencies regarding assessing diversity related learning goals.
  3. Assist faculty via education and coaching regarding best practices and relevant pedagogy for students with differing abilities.

Indicators:

  1. Participation by faculty and staff in professional development programs related to curricular transformation, diversity and disability awareness, or internationalization.