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What is Inclusive Excellence?

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Inclusive excellence is a framework for addressing diversity, inclusion, and equity by embedding these issues into the core aspects of the university – the mission and operations of the institution. Inclusive excellence is both a vision for transforming an organization and the practice of achieving that vision.  

Inclusive excellence describes a pathway for achieving academic and institutional excellence. NKU strives to attain inclusive excellence by preparing all students to live, work, and flourish through engagement in an increasingly multicultural and globalized community, and, by creating the conditions that allow all members of the NKU community, irrespective of identity, background, or institutional position, to thrive, (realize their capabilities), engage meaningfully in institutional life, and contribute to the flourishing of others.  

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History of Inclusive Excellence at NKU

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In December 2010, President James Votruba established a Campus Diversity Plan Task Force.  He charged this task force with developing a comprehensive, university-wide diversity plan that would be inclusive of all the diversity goals on our campus. 

In May 2011, the Board of Regents adopted the diversity plan produced by this task force.  Thereafter, the plan was also approved by the Council on Postsecondary Education. Among the diversity plan recommendations was the creation of a position whose primary responsibility would be to support the University's diversity efforts.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence was established at Northern Kentucky University in August 2014 when former NKU President Geoffrey Mearns appointed Dr. Kathleen Roberts the first Senior Advisor to the President on Inclusive Excellence.

Inclusive Excellence Council

The Inclusive Excellence Council developed the planning and implementation processes for the 2022 Inclusive Excellence Plan. The council will play an integral role in the implementation and assessment of the Inclusive Excellence Plan and collaborate with the Senior Advisor for Inclusive Excellence in facilitating candid and courageous conversations on diversity-related topics.

Amy Danzo, Director, Testing Services

Bethany Bowling, Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Bonnie Meyer, Director, LGBTQ Programs and Services

Brandelyn Tosolt, Faculty, Teacher Education

Caroline Macke, Faculty, Counseling, Social Work and Leadership

Cindy Knox, Director, Disability Programs and Services

Dannie Moore, Senior Associate Dean for Student Inclusion

Francoise Knox-Kazimierczuk, Faculty, Allied Health

Frank Robinson, Director, Norse Adivising

Jack Harrison, Faculty, Chase Law

Judy Voelker, Faculty, Sociology

Kathleen Roberts, Council Chair, Senior Advisor to the President for Inclusive Excellence

Kimberly McCoy, Advisor, Norse Advising

Leah Stewart, Assistant Vice President, Enrollment and Financial Assistance

Lori Wright, Director, Student Support Services

Maureen Doyle, Associate Dean, College of Informatics

Rachel Green, Director, Employee Relations & EEO

Shamima Ahmed, Chair, Political Science