Inclusive Excellence Framework

Inclusive Excellence (IE) is a framework designed to help campuses integrate diversity and quality efforts. As a model, Inclusive Excellence assimilates diversity efforts into the core of institutional functioning to realize the educational benefits of diversity. Applying Inclusive Excellence concepts leads to infusing diversity into an institution’s recruiting, admissions, and hiring processes; its curriculum and co-curriculum; and its administrative structures and practices. Inclusive Excellence means an institution has adopted means for the cohesive, coherent and collaborative integration of diversity and inclusion into the institutional pursuit of excellence. 

The University of Missouri St. Louis' adoption of the Inclusive Excellence Framework reflects the understanding that diversity and inclusion are catalysts for institutional and educational excellence, are to be invited and integrated into the very core of the educational enterprise, and are not isolated initiatives.



Access & Success


Goal: To achieve a more diverse and inclusive undergraduate and graduate student body, faculty and staff. Objectives include: 1)to achieve increased enrollments of underrepresented student populations; 2) to increase the academic success of historically underrepresented/ underserved populations; 3) to increase the recruitment and retention of a diverse graduate and professional student community; and 4) to achieve a diverse faculty and staff body.

Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations


Goal: To create and sustain an organizational environment that acknowledges and celebrates diversity and employs inclusive practices throughout its daily operations. The objective is to create a climate that is supportive and respectful and that values differing perspectives and experiences.

Education and Scholarship


Goal: To engage students, faculty and staff in learning varied perspectives of domestic and international diversity, inclusion and social justice. Objectives include: 1) Offering courses, curricula, and learning opportunities at the undergraduate, and graduate levels that achieve diversity and inclusion learning goals and 2) Increase the multicultural competencies and capacities of faculty and staff.

Institutional Infrastructure


Goal: To create and sustain an institutional infrastructure that effectively supports progress in achieving diversity goals in the University Strategic Plan. Objectives include: 1) Sustain and increase university-wide efforts designed to amplify the potential to secure gifts, grants, and opportunities to advance the goals outlined in this framework; 2) Engage key leaders and stakeholders in analyzing disaggregate data and special studies to better understand and address long-standing organizational challenges, recruitment and yield of historically underrepresented/underserved undergraduate/graduate students and the loss of tenure-track women faculty and tenure-track faculty of color; and 3)  Provide economic inclusion opportunities for diverse suppliers in the state of Missouri by increasing UM System (campuses, health system, and extension) purchases of goods and/or services from diverse suppliers.

Community Engagement


Goal: Leverage UMSL's mission as a metropolitan, land-grant, research institution to improve outcomes and reduce disparities for historically underrepresented and underserved populations in Missouri and in global outreach efforts. Objectives include: 1)  Increase outreach to historically and underserved/diverse populations throughout Missouri and 2) Provide leadership in inclusion, diversity, and equity in throughout state.


Spring 2020 Impact Report