Tulane’s Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Statement
Diversity and Inclusive Excellence focuses specifically on fostering greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and accountability at every level of university life. The central premise at Tulane is to intentionally integrate diversity efforts into the core aspects of the institution to maximize success as a Carnegie-designated Research University (very high research activity).
Tulane recognizes diversity as a central component in achieving desired student learning outcomes, and it puts diversity and inclusion efforts at the center of its decision-making. To reach this academic higher ground, diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives must be fundamentally linked to the educational mission.
By following the tenets of D&IE, Tulane can pursue diversification with greater intentionality and attentiveness in serving the needs of our students, faculty, staff and the community we serve. It demands a shift not in the essence of our work but in how the university approaches and implements it-understanding that diversity is an ongoing commitment rather than an outcome at one point in time. Above all, through D&IE, Tulane is committed to actively managing diversity as a vital asset of collegiate life.
To accomplish this, the taskforce recommends Tulane University faculty, staff, and students adopt the following principles:
- Pursue the ideals of diversity and excellence, which are interconnected and interdependent, concentrating on both increasing compositional diversity and creating learning environments in which students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can thrive;
- Require a more comprehensive and widespread level of engagement and commitment by the entire community, ensuring that all students fulfill their educational potential and that faculty and staff are fully engaged in this initiative;
- Place the mission of diversity at the center of institutional life so that it becomes a core principle, around which institutional decisions are made;
- Call for close attentiveness to the student experience itself, including the impact of race and ethnicity and the influence of physical ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, socioeconomic background, deferential preparedness, and first-generation status on learning experiences;
- Pro-actively identify, address and monitor inequities.
Those principles are designed to foster a diverse and inclusive community that respects and embraces rich differences afforded our community through race, gender, religious beliefs, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, or socio-economic level.