5 Dimensions of Inclusive Excellence
Under the guidance of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion sector, the Inclusive Excellence Coordinating Council (IECC) will drive Niagara University’s diversity, equity and inclusive strategic planning using the Inclusive Excellence Framework. This will include promoting, developing, implementing, and assessing the plan, developing a shared vision for efforts, and establishing and monitoring measurable goals and objectives. The IECC will promote efforts to link strategic planning, assessment, and resource allocations. The Council will analyze data for which evidence-based decisions regarding diversity, equity and inclusion efforts will be made, and that will lead not only toward greater diversity but toward a more equitable and inclusive environment by embedding principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in the campus and broader community. This process is called Inclusive Excellence. Using established campus-wide accountability measures, the IECC will report annually on goal progress and achievement.
Niagara University will use the Inclusive Excellence Framework to drive diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. This framework is composed of five dimensions.
- Access & Success
- Climate & Intergroup Relations
- Education & Scholarship
- Infrastructure & Investment
- Community & Partnership
Each dimension will have a subcommittee that will conduct a self-study of the assigned dimension. Each subcommittee will receive facilitation guidance, including suggestions for appropriate data and reflection questions to support the work. In addition, each subcommittee will review and incorporate relevant work and recommendations from the task force report on Identifying and Dismantling Racial Injustice. In examining the data, each subcommittee will identify areas of challenge or “hot spots” and recommend strategies for improvement. The ODEI will schedule opportunities for each subcommittee to meet with the Niagara University campus community to gather their input and perspectives on the identified areas of challenge