Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence Pillars

Inclusive Excellence (IE) was developed by experts at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as a way to re-imagine diversity and inclusion as the active process of making excellence inclusive and the responsibility of everyone. IE was designed to help colleges and universities integrate diversity, equity and educational quality efforts into their missions and institutional operations.

The Inclusive Excellence framework reaffirms the College of Engineering’s commitment to growing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive learning, living and working environment. The AAC&U notes, “the action of making excellence inclusive requires that we uncover inequities in student (faculty and staff) success, identify effective educational (and operational) practices and build such practices; organically for sustained institutional change.” 

In order to support the goals outlined in the strategic plan and support those at the university level, we must strive to achieve inclusive excellence – extending outside of our comfort zones to engage across perceived silos, appreciating and leveraging the many dimensions of the diversity of our college community and elevating those voices that have been historically excluded or marginalized. Inclusive excellence is a strategic framework designed to focus our collective efforts on concrete actions that will lead to intellectual growth and innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our region, the nation and the world.

As the College of Engineering, Knowlton School of Architecture, departments and Centers align with the Ohio State Shared Values, we encourage leaders to reference the links to the right to support IE strategic planning.

College of Engineering Inclusive Excellence Pillars

People and Chart Line

Access and Success

Achieve a more diverse and inclusive undergraduate, graduate and professional student body, faculty and staff.


Teaching and Scholarship

Engage students, faculty and staff in learning varied perspectives of domestic and international diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice.

Culture, Climate, and Community Building

Culture, Climate and Community Building

Create and sustain an organizational environment that acknowledges and celebrates diversity and employs inclusive practices throughout its daily operations.

Institutional Infrastructure

Institutional Infrastructure

Create and sustain an institutional infrastructure that effectively supports progress in achieving diversity goals in the University Strategic Plan.

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What resources support students, staff, and faculty with JEDI work?

Campus Resources and Contacts

Campus Resources

COE Contacts

These individuals are available to assist you with questions as you develop your plan and can connect you with other campus partners working on these issues.

Student Success Undergraduate

Lisa Barclay, MS

Student Success Graduate

LaTonia Stiner-Jones, PhD

Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Rachel Kleit, PhD

Inclusive Teaching

Deborah Grzybowski, PhD