• 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.

    Upcoming Initiatives

    The Office of Inclusive Excellence provides ongoing opportunities for development and dialogue for all members of the community in furtherance of its mission. To that end, the office also partners in this work with other units and organizations on campus that also convene important initiatives addressing equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

    Faculty and staff initiatives

    Deconstructing Safe Space

    Offered Tuesday, December 3; or Tuesday, December 17
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Anderson Center, room 111

    Faculty and staff are invited to attend one of the development sessions listed above, which will be led by Dr. David Everett, associate vice president for inclusive excellence. This structured, interactive presentation addresses how to navigate the challenges we face as an institution, where an understanding of “safe space” is very important. Learn how a traditional definition of—and approach to—these spaces does not take into account the significant realities and pertinent dynamics that actually hinder spaces from being safe. This presentation will show that in order to achieve true inclusion, discomfort-free spaces cannot exist. In order for spaces to be productive, they need to be approached as challenging constructs that require risk, vulnerability, and reflection.

    Exploring the Challenges of Racism, Privilege, and Power: In the Classroom, Across the Institution, Throughout the Community

    Tuesday, February 3, 2020
    Time and location TBD

    Faculty and staff are invited to attend this workshop with Robin DiAngelo, PhD, the New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, as she returns to Hamline to continue the dialogue and work of identifying both individual and institutional implications of bias, power, and privilege in a manner that encourages self-exploration, reflection, and discovery.

    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.