The President’s Council on Inclusive Excellence

In the spring of 2014, the President’s Council on Inclusive Excellence was established, comprised of faculty, staff, students, and administrators, to lead the process of ensuring that our community promotes inclusiveness in every aspect of college life.

Our Mandate

The President’s Council on Inclusive Excellence works closely with the University President and the cabinet to foster and direct progress toward institution-wide inclusiveness.

The primary charge of the Council is to review campus climate, recruitment and retention practices, curriculum, and community outreach efforts in order to recommend initiatives, policies, and procedures that will enable Castleton to achieve and sustain inclusive excellence.

Initially, the Council is engaging the campus in discussions of and advising the President on:

  • Possible ways of defining and articulating “inclusive excellence” at Castleton
  • Preparation for incoming international students by improving inter-cultural competency on campus
  • Leveraging and increasing the visibility of courses, programs, resources, and opportunities within the university that are already promoting inclusivity
  • A Climate Assessment Project to provide a baseline against which to measure future progress towards inclusive excellence on campus

An Inclusive Present

This past summer, the Council convened working groups comprised of faculty, staff and administrators who volunteered to work together to begin to assess where the university is as a community in terms of inclusive excellence across the following areas: access, the formal and informal curriculum, student learning, and the campus climate.

Moving forward, in the coming year, the Council will invite all members of the University community to participate in assessing and building inclusive excellence at Castleton, beginning in October when a climate assessment will be conducted. This will establish a baseline, which will guide the University in its efforts to ensure that all of its students share a common space that is welcoming to everyone.