The Chief Diversity Officer provides point leadership to the College regarding diversity-related goals and helps formulate and implement broad and specific diversity programs and initiatives to capitalize on the institutional, organizational, and educational advantages of diversity. DACC's Diversity Plan is the result of research and data gathering. And the CDO works to align diversity goals with DACC's mission and strategic plan. We are in the process whereby every division, department, and unit will incorporate diversity into their daily actions and interactions. DACC aspires to develop a more holistic diversity plan for the years to come.
All four aspects must function simultaneously for Inclusive Excellence to occur. The Inclusive Excellence initiative was created by authors commissioned by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and designed to help institutions: (a) integrate their diversity and quality efforts, (b) situate this work at the core of institutional functioning, and (c) realize the educational benefits available to students and to the institution when this integration is done well and is sustained over time. (Williams, Berger, and McClendon 2005)
Williams, D. A., J.B. Berger, S.A. McClendon.Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence and Change in Postsecondary Institutions. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2005.