The Division of 多样性 and 包容 helps to coordinate, 培养, and contribute to institutional efforts to advance inclusive excellence at Whitman College. Guided by principles of 文化 pluralism, 文化谦卑, 文化财富, the work of the Division is to enhance our collective awareness and capacity around issues of diversity, 股本, 包容, 和反种族主义. Inclusive excellence is a shared responsibility of all members of the Whitman community.
The Division of 多样性 and 包容 works across the College and with relevant stakeholders to 培养 a campus community where inclusive excellence drives decision-making at all levels; where decisions are guided by our commitment to 股本 and racial justice; where we proactively work to recruit, 保留, 以及支持教师, staff and students that do not merely reflect diverse social group identities, but that also share and can contribute to our institutional principles of inclusive excellence.
Our Principles of Inclusive Excellence provide a foundation for the community we are actively fostering. We recognize that our path towards inclusive excellence requires:
- 多样性 without dominance
- Equity without benevolence
- 包容 without othering
- Belonging without assimilation
在惠特曼, we want an environment where there is diversity across a range of social, 文化, and political identities, without the dominance of a particular 文化 frame and where someone who is in the numerical minority in this context would not and should not feel like their perspectives, needs or concerns are less important or valid. We want an environment where there is 股本 without benevolence. One that acknowledges that the playing field is not even and efforts to address the imbalance are not charity or generosity, but an appropriate and reasonable response to existing and ongoing systemic oppressions. We want an environment where there is 包容 without othering. One where no one is degraded, 减少, ridiculed or marginalized based on difference and where interpersonal harm is infrequent and addressed when it occurs. We want an environment where everyone feels like they belong and can show up as their authentic self. One where everyone feels welcomed and no one is expected to assimilate, codeswitch or present themselves differently for acceptance or recognition of their value.
The work of the Division of 多样性 and 包容 is trifurcated operationally and exercises horizontal influence across the institution. Our three operational areas include: Identity and Belonging, Equity and Compliance, and Inclusive Excellence.