Office of Diversity and Inclusion
For the 12th consecutive year, Millersville University received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine.
Read Millersville University's Press Release ‘Ville Recognized for Diversity
A Working Definition
A focus on student intellectual and social development.
Academically, it means offering the best possible course of study for the context in which the education is offered.
A purposeful development and utilization of organizational resources to enhance student learning.
Organizationally, it means establishing an environment that challenges each student to achieve academically at high levels and each member of the campus to contribute to learning and knowledge development.
Attention to the cultural difference’s learners bring to the educational experience and that enhance the enterprise.
Cultural differences include but are not limited to: race/ethnicity (e.g., Latino, Caucasian, Asian/Pacific Islander, African American, American Indian), religion, class, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, first language, physical and learning ability, and learning style.
A welcoming community that engages all its diversity in the service of student and organizational learning.
Inequities challenge higher education leaders to think deeply and more systematically about reducing disparities and meaningfully including diverse groups in higher education.
Inclusive Excellence encompasses the processes within Millersville University that purposefully values differences for the ultimate purpose of promoting the learning, critical thinking, and personal enrichment of students, faculty, and staff. It aims to build “a welcoming campus community” for all its students, faculty, and staff.
Inclusive Excellence recognizes diversity in thought, learning, and personal characteristics that can be tapped and understood in the working, living, and learning environments of the University. Inclusive Excellence enables us to engage in respectful dialogue with those who hold views that differ from our own; to engage in civil debate on key issues with others who hold different views and positions; and to socialize with persons who have had differing lived experiences. Also, in class, clinical, and field experience settings, Inclusive Excellence is addressed through ample opportunities to learn about diverse cultures locally, nationally, and globally.
Inclusive Excellence includes university protocols and policies for the admission and graduation of diverse students from racial and ethnic backgrounds, social backgrounds, and for the hiring and retention of faculty, administrators and staff with diverse experiences and perspectives.
Through Inclusive Excellence experiences students can develop knowledge and personal abilities that may enhance their critical thinking, learning, and better enable them to meaningfully contribute to society as graduates of Millersville University.
The purpose of this definition is to provide departments with a guide to build an action plan to help the University address Strategic Direction 2 Transform Student Experiences and Foster Innovation Goal 3.
If you or your department would like to engage in a conversation about how to build your action plan or another questions, please contact Carlos Wiley CDIO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, click here: 2023 HEED Award
McNairy Library Inclusive Excellence
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with the McNairy Library to make the Inclusive Excellence List available to you. This is a great opportunity to expand your reading list and engage in thoughtful discussions. Books are available at the Library! Follow the link below to access book URLs.
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Campus Climate Survey Results
A summary of the systemwide campus climate survey in advancing the System’s mission by championing the success of all members within our university communities.
Millersville University Inclusive Excellence Plan
Millersville University is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning and working environment where every member of our community can thrive, contribute, and reach their full potential.
A Message From Millersville University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Events
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Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El Intercultural Center
The Intercultural Center aims to support a sense of belonging by having a physical space where students can come and have conversations in a place that is inviting. Creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive campus at Millersville University is about recognizing, accepting and celebrating differences within our campus and surrounding community. We aim to provide students opportunities to explore their multiple identities and learn about the background and experiences of others. Together, we hope to create a culture of inclusion, equity and a sense of belonging here on campus and beyond. Our office offers an array of programs, discussions, workshops, social events, and
resources to spark self-discovery.
Need more information, please reach out to Denice Velez, the Intercultural Center Director.
Anti-Racism Book List
The death of George Floyd has left us all with a heavy heart, and a troubled mind. We recognize as a community the need to actively work towards a path of anti-racism, and in the words of the great Angela Davis, "It is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist."
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to the dismantling of racism and systemic oppression, to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all. For those who wish to take steps towards anti-racism action, we share a collection of literature gathered by Jane Mount to assist you in the journey of becoming an aspiring ally.
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
- America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Good Talk by Mira Jacob
- Blindspot by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
- When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
- An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
- Citizen by Claudia Rankine
- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- Mindful of Race by Ruth King
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
- Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell & Aurélia Durand
ODI 2023 Resource Guide
Dear MU Community Partners,
On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we would like to welcome you back to campus. For those of you joining the MU Community, we are fortunate to have you as members of our campus and wish you the best! To assist you in your role (faculty, staff, student, administrator), and to ensure the success of all our students, we would like to share the MU ODI FALL 2023 Resource Guide, a list of resources that we are fortunate to have available to our students. We hope you find this Resource Guide beneficial. We recognize this guide may not be exhaustive and will be reviewed and updated regularly.
Have a wonderful semester and best wishes!
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