The Office for Inclusive Excellence is invigorated to positively affect the foundational role of higher education by contributing to the quality of innovative research, enhancing effective teaching practices, and empowering social responsibility with our peers as well as our students. We recognize that our institutional goals can only be achieved when individuals commit to fostering inclusive excellence and have increased staff resources in the Office for Inclusive Excellence.
The funding identified for the Office for Inclusive Excellence was used to increase staffing to respond to racial microaggressions. The hire of Inclusive Excellence’s inaugural Assistant Director in July 2017 not only expanded the work of the office but allowed the team up more closely with staff in the Office for Equity and Diversity (now named Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion).
The Office for Inclusive Excellence launched a poster series on the University of Utah campus that highlighted commonly used microaggressions. The posters show faces behind small sentences that say things such as, “Where are you really from?” “You’re pretty for a dark-skin girl,” and “What are you?” In conjunction with the poster series, a panel discussion focused on microaggressions which took place on campus during the Fall 2018 Semester.
In Spring 2020, the Office for Inclusive Excellence officially joined the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion organization with a dual-report to Student Affairs.
The Office for Inclusive Excellence revamped their catalog of offerings to include more workshops, research and assessments, and a new race-based affinity group: Privilege, Whiteness, and Critical Praxis (PWCP). Requests for any intercultural professional development can be done through their consultation request form.