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Inclusive Community

Inclusive Community is the preparation of students to engage in action, within their communities and work settings, to create an inclusive community.

Students will enhance their ability to empathize with others.

Empathy is the ability to recognize, understand, and validate the emotions, views, and perspectives of others, and act on that understanding in order to cultivate meaningful connections. Empathy furthermore asks that we recognize that different cultural and social backgrounds can influence how one expresses these emotions, views and perspectives.

Intended Outcomes
  • Students will articulate the value of empathy in building inclusive communities.
  • Students will use their understanding of empathy to reflect on their personal experiences and how they may differ from anothers experiences.
  • Students will increase their self-efficacy to understand another person's emotions and respond with care.
  • Students will engage in opportunities on campus that expose them to the experiences of individuals or groups different from themselves.

Students will improve their intercultural knowledge and competence.

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence is a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.

Intended Outcomes
  • Students will increase awareness of how their own identities and cultural perspectives influence their interactions in their local and global communities.
  • Students will increase their curiousity about and openness to other identities and cultural perspectives and people.
  • Students will increase their self-efficacy and ability to positively engage perspectives and experiences different from one's own.
  • Students will increase their knowledge of and empathy for other identities and cultural perspectives.
  • Students will increase their ability to communicate verbally and nonverbally across cultural differences in culturally considerate ways.

Students will utilize inclusive decision making.

A cognitive process directed at reaching a conclusion by considering the views, attitudes, values, preferences, identities and cultural perspectives of oneself and others, while leveraging critical and reflective thinking.

Intended Outcomes
  • Students will increase the value they place on including diverse perspectives and thoughts.
  • Students will articulate the benefits of inclusive decision making.
  • Students will increase their ability to identify the identities and cultural perspectives not being considered.
  • Students will be attentive to inclusiveness by articulating how their decisions and actions affect others with different identities and cultural perspectives.
  • Students will seek to understand, include, and share decision-making with diverse identities and cultural perspectives needed to make fully informed and culturally considerate decisions, while avoiding tokenism.

If you are interested, you can read more about the scholarship that informed the Inclusive Community educational priority, learning goals, and intended learning and development outcomes.

View the Inclusive Community events and programs (opens in a new tab)on Engage that are provided by the division or student organizations that the division advises.

Thank you to educators across the division who serve as Inclusive Community Assessment Fellows.