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Inclusive Excellence

The Office of Inclusive Excellence plays a leadership role in cultivating a community of belonging by facilitating the knowledge, awareness, and skills critical to creating and sustaining a campus educational community and workplace environment that embraces diversity, achieves equitable outcomes for individuals and communities, and models inclusiveness through respectful interactions and opportunities to fully participate in the life of the university.

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NKU Campus Climate Survey Incentive

$25 gift cards will be given to FOUR of the first 100 students (Sophomores, juniors, seniors and returning graduate students) and FOUR of the first 100 faculty and staff who complete the survey.

Seven students who complete the survey will be selected at random to have a meal with the President of NKU, Bonita brown, to share their NKU experiences, concerns and ideas.

Deadline is Monday, October 30th

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Your Voice Matters! We want to hear about your experiences at NKU.
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Institutional Definitions


Diversity is the wide variety of shared and different personal and group characteristics among human beings. Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, age, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, physical or cognitive abilities, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.


Equity is a goal and a process that focuses on student outcomes by ensuring that all students thrive and graduate at equitable rates by intentionally creating opportunities for equal access and success in three main areas: representational equity, resource equity and equity-mindedness.


Inclusion is an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity – in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, spiritual, social, cultural, geographical, etc.) with which individuals might connect – in ways that increase awareness, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. To actively demonstrate an attitude that recognizes the value and contributions of all members of the campus community.


The word belonging is composed of two words. “Be”–as in being–signifies authenticity and freed from the need to cover aspects of one’s identity. ‘Longing’ is the profound human yearning to connect with others and be part of something that transcends us.” Belonging connotes full membership and full participation in the work of the university. This means equitable opportunities to participate in the decision-making structures of the university, equitable resources, and a felt sense of belonging.