Launched in 2018, Innovate & Integrate: Plan for Inclusive Excellence, is Oregon State's first comprehensive diversity strategic plan and a key step towards the realization of Oregon State’s vision to become a national model for inclusive excellence. The plan was developed through extensive engagement with stakeholders who contributed their expertise and experience to the development process. The plan represents a roadmap to advance inclusive excellence by leveraging existing successful initiatives and embracing new innovative ideas.
Inclusive excellence is the recognition that an organization’s success is dependent on, and tied directly to, how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of its community members, including its students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and affiliates. Over the last two years, Oregon State has taken significant steps to prioritize and more rapidly advance the pursuit of inclusive excellence in all that it does.
Innovate and Integrate: Plan For Inclusive Excellence was developed through extensive engagement with university students, faculty and staff who contributed their expertise and experience to the development process. The plan is organized around five key goals to advance inclusive excellence by leveraging existing successful initiatives and embracing new innovative ideas.
These goals are ambitious, but attainable. The Office of Institutional Diversity is primarily responsible for monitoring implementation and progress of the university’s diversity strategic plan. However, advancing inclusive excellence involves all Oregon State community members and success will require continuous partnership and collaboration. Progress will require new systems to ensure accountability as our work advances. Quantitative and qualitative performance indicators will measure success. And we will transparently tell the story of our process and accomplishments to the Oregon State community and public.
Integrate and advance inclusive excellence within all aspects of the university.
Goal 1 focuses on the innovation and integration of policies and practices to sustainably enhance and embed inclusive excellence at all levels of the university.
Improve recruitment of students and employees from underrepresented communities.
Goal 2 recognizes that moving toward inclusive excellence requires innovative policies and practices to successfully recruit, hire and enroll employees and students from underrepresented communities.
Create an inclusive university climate to support the retention and success of all students and employees.
Goal 3 recognizes that moving toward inclusive excellence requires the creation and cultivation of learning, working and living environments that allow diversity, equity and inclusion to thrive.
Provide innovative and transformative learning experiences enabling all students and employees to advance inclusive excellence.
Goal 4 recognizes that innovative and transformative learning is central to inclusive excellence. All students and employees must have opportunities to develop a deep and practical understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
Communicate Oregon State’s accomplishments, initiatives and innovations as the university advances inclusive excellence.
Goal 5 recognizes that moving toward inclusive excellence requires transparently and thoughtfully describing the university’s initiatives and innovations, celebrating accomplishments and addressing challenges.