Inclusive Excellence Council

About the Inclusive Excellence Council

Cal Poly’s Inclusive Excellence Council is a university-wide standing committee composed of faculty, staff, and students who advise the campus Chief Diversity Officer on ways of implementing the “Inclusive Excellence” model.

It is built on the following principles:

  • In higher education, an excellent institution is an inclusive institution.
  • All students should have the opportunity to succeed.
  • All students should benefit educationally from participating in a community where people differ from one another.
  • In order to be successful as citizens and workers, graduates must be prepared to live and work in a diverse world.
  • An inclusive community is characterized by mutual respect, a sense of belonging, and personal safety.

The Council, in consultation with campus leaders:

  • Develops and recommends comprehensive goals and measurable objectives for the campus relating to Inclusive Excellence.
  • Reviews campus programs, initiatives, and practices that affect the implementation of inclusive excellence and provides recommendations for improvement.
  • Monitors the progress and success of campus efforts to achieve Inclusive Excellence and where efforts fall short, advises the Chief Diversity Officer.
  • Provides guidance and recommendations on related campus incidents, keeping constituents informed on the campus response and advising the Chief Diversity Officer and members of the Bias Incident Response Team as appropriate.

Meetings are held regularly during the fall, winter, spring and summer quarters, at the discretion of the co-chairs. All committee members are voting members. Faculty and staff representatives serve three-year terms. Student representatives serve two-year, staggered terms. Members may be reappointed.

Each year, the Council honors faculty, staff, students, campus recognized student groups and campus groups, with Cal Poly Diversity Awards. The nominations are received each Spring quarter and winners in each category announced at the Cal Poly Diversity Awards reception in May of each year. For a list of nominees and awardees, go to the President’s Diversity Awards page.