• Office of Inclusive Excellence

    The Office of Inclusive Excellence, working under the Office of the President, provides institutional leadership on all matters of diversity and inclusion. At Hamline University, inclusive excellence is an integral part of our identity, and we believe our success depends on our efforts to cultivate and practice inclusivity, embrace diversity, and uphold equity. To that end: 

    • We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse administration, faculty, staff, and student body.
    • We strive to ensure that our students are prepared to engage and succeed in increasingly diverse environments.
    • We are committed to the pursuit of excellence by being inclusive of individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, marital status, familial status, disability, age, or protected veteran status in any activity administered by the university.
    • We endeavor to make Hamline University a place recognized for its positive climate—one where all stakeholders know that their contributions to the mission of the university are essential to our success.

    Responses to the Death of George Floyd

    Upcoming Initiatives

    Book Discussion: How to Be an Antiracist
    For Hamline faculty and staff
    Virtual event

    The Office of Inclusive Excellence, along with members of DISC and the Center for Teaching and Learning, invite faculty and staff to participate in our next community read: How to Be an Antiracist, written by New York Times bestselling author and Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi.

    Building off the momentum of previous community engaged discussions, we invite you to join us for two conversations about this important book. The goal will be to create space to continue our equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, consider Kendi’s themes and messages, as well as explore how those might apply to our Hamline community.

    January 8, 10-11:30 a.m.
    We will discuss general takeaways from the book. Add to your calendar.

    January 15, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
    During Winter Faculty/Staff Development Day, we will consider ways to take what we've learned from Kendi and how we might apply it to our Hamline context. Add to your calendar.

    Ongoing Initiatives for Faculty and Staff

    IDI Training

    All Hamline departments, faculty and staff included, have either taken or will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment by the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Under the direction of Dr. Everett, each department will evaluate their findings. The IDI provides a platform for individuals and groups to examine things such as implicit bias and intercultural competence with a goal of making sense of and responding to cultural differences and providing practical and actionable tools that can be applied both in and out of the classroom.

    Hamline University's Land Acknowledgement

    Hamline acknowledges that the land on which we gather and refer to as Minnesota is the traditional and unceded territory of the Dakota and Ojibwe. We pay respect to the members of not only those tribes, but others as well, both past and present, and their continuing relationship to their ancestral lands. Making this recognition expresses gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory we reside on and honors the Indigenous people who have been existing with, and on, the land from time immemorial. This long-standing history is significant as land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense or historical context—colonialism, appropriation, and genocide have relevant, real-time realities. We need to build mindfulness regarding the source of our present land privilege, understand the long-standing history from which it comes, and seek to reconcile our place within both.