It is an exciting time for diversity and inclusion at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The University has been recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2018 and 2019, and the University President has recently approved the new Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence – an ambitious roadmap for the next three years.
In order to accomplish those broad institutional goals, we must strive to achieve inclusive excellence -- stretching beyond the boundaries of comfort to engage across cultures, appreciating and leveraging the rich diversity of our campus community. Inclusive excellence is a strategic framework designed to focus our collective efforts on concrete actions that will lead to intellectual growth and creative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our region, the nation and the world.
The Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence aligns with the broader goals outlined in the University's Strategic Plan. But, more than just a short-term project or an initiative from a single office, the inclusive excellence approach requires an institutional transformation in which everyone plays a part. The Office for Campus Diversity welcomes the opportunity to build effective partnerships and support the entire University community in the pursuit of inclusive excellence.
Taniecea A. Mallery, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives & Chief Diversity Officer