Inclusive Excellence

The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to recognizing successes, removing barriers and valuing intentional efforts to enhance inclusiveness so that every member of the academic community can participate and excel to the best of their ability.

The College is committed to:

  • offering a multi and inter-disciplinary learning environment
  • providing access and support for all students
  • investing in a diverse faculty and staff
  • encouraging a welcoming and accepting exchange of ideas to prepare students to succeed in an increasingly inter-connected and complex world

Ongoing Efforts

  • Disseminate a weekly DEI message to faculty and staff in the College, and other stakeholders across campus
  • Support the Office of Research's Scholarship of Diversity Equity & Inclusion Grant
  • Support cross-departmental/disciplinary initiatives, including ADVANCE Appalachian and BRIDGES
  • Support department-based initiatives, including CS4ALL (CS) and URGE (GES)
  • Support student-centered opportunities for professional growth and development, including CAS Corps, SOAR and SIE-STEM
  • Support the AppELS Institute
  • Bestow the CAS Inclusion Award on a department, program or subset that introduced new, intentional effort(s) to enhance inclusiveness over the past year

New Initiatives

  • Establish a College-level Committee on Inclusive Excellence
    • Identify an annual, college-wide DEI priority(s) for all units to focus on
  • Encourage all departments to assess how DEI efforts are accounted for in Promotion and Tenure (P&T) standards
  • Add a prompt to faculty Annual Reviews regarding DEI efforts
  • Add a DEI-related prompt to the college SAFE grant application and award criteria