Inclusive excellence is the recognition that an organization’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of its community members, including its students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and affiliates.
Innovation refers to the creation and introduction of a new, improved and transformative idea, initiative, practice or structure.
Integration refers to the sustainable incorporation of an idea, initiative, practice or structure into an organization.
Climate refers to the way that an organization is perceived and experienced by its individual members. Climate influences whether individuals feel valued, listened to, personally safe and treated with fairness and dignity within an organization.
Diversity reflects the many ways in which individuals and communities are unique, contributing distinct and valuable experiences and perspectives to the mission and vision of an organization.
Engagement reflects an organization’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion internally and externally.
Equity reflects fairness in the distribution of and access to opportunity for all individuals.
Inclusion reflects the manner in which individuals of diverse backgrounds are not only included, but valued as necessary voices within an organization.
The Oregon State community includes current students and employees, employees of the OSU Alumni Association and OSU Foundation, emeriti employees, alumni, affiliates and organizational partners and collaborators.
Underrepresented communities consist of individuals holding identities broadly underrepresented or underserved within academic or administrative areas at Oregon State, within the state of Oregon and nationally in higher education.
Social justice reflects the theoretical foundation used to guide the work of the Office of Institutional Diversity. A social justice framework is applied through the equitable distribution and access to opportunity for all individuals.
Transformative learning is the expansion of awareness through the evolution of individual worldviews and perceptions of oneself. Transformative learning is facilitated through consciously directed processes such as accessing new information and frameworks and critically analyzing underlying premises.