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Institutional Diversity at Providence College

Inclusive Excellence

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In keeping with Providence College's longstanding commitment to widening our embrace, the Office of Institutional Diversity endeavors to cultivate inclusive excellence throughout all levels of the College. Inclusive excellence is an “active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities” (AAC&U, 2012). Inclusive excellence invites us to move beyond the simple presence of diverse individuals toward the intentional d​evelopment of institutional structures, policies, and practices that facilitate the success of all members of the campus community. ​

​The PC S​trategic Plan for Diversity​ centers around three pillars:​

Structural diversity,diversity initiatives, diversity interactions 

​​Inclusive Excellence Initiative 

The Inclusive Excellence Initiative is designed to cultivate inclusive excellence at Providence College. As such, the workshops, lectures, and symposia within this initiative serve to 

  • Articulate diversity as central to academic and institutional excellence 

  • Broaden understanding of various forms of diversity and models for building inclusion 

  • Share best practices for engaging and working within an increasingly diverse institutional context 

  • Catalyze strategic diversity initiatives throughout departments on campus 

  • Foster a network of inclusive excellence practitioners and scholars throughout the institution​

Upcoming News

Divisional and Departmental Diversity Study 
Utilizing data prepared by Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness, Providence College divisions and academic departments will be asked to assess and evaluate their achievements, efforts, challenges, and priorities with regard to diversity. This assessment will help Institutional Diversity better align its resources with divisional and departmental needs and inform the revisions of the College's Strategic Plan for Diversity (SPFD). More details to come...


​​Past Events

​​"Inclusive Excellence Teach-in​" ​with Tia Brown McNair, Ph.D., ​vice president of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association ​of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

"The Vision and Practice of Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education" with Shirley Collado, Ph.D., e​xecutive vice chancellor and chief operating officer, Rutgers University 

"Understanding Implicit Stereotypes and their Impact on Inclusion" with Saaid Mendoza, Ph.D., assistant professor of psy​chology, Providence College

"Understanding the Impact of Loneliness and Belonging at Work" with Deirdre Snyder, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, Providence College