Inclusive Excellence is the responsibility of every member of our campus community. Its principles permeate our work. Through our Imagine LVC strategic plan (2021), Lebanon Valley College commits to:
- Providing institutional-level leadership of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work
- Enhancing support for underrepresented students
- Implementing hiring processes to support diversity recruitment
- Developing a recruitment plan for increasing the undergraduate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) population, and
- Fostering an inclusive community of care and well-being.
We value inclusion and believe diversity strengthens the LVC education. Through the lenses of our different backgrounds and life experiences, we learn from one another. We endeavor to be an equitable, just community.
Core Principles of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
As stated by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
Diversity: Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations).
Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.
Equity-mindedness: A demonstrated awareness of and willingness to address equity issues among institutional leaders and staff (Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California).