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The working definition of inclusive excellence for the University of Colorado Boulder is outlined below.  Divisional definitions of inclusive excellence may vary, but are expected to reflect the values and behaviors presented below.

The University of Colorado Boulder exemplifies excellence through diversity* by:

  1. Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment
  2. Deepening our ability to share and to engage with diverse perspectives
  3. Maximizing the success and inclusion of all students, staff and faculty

This is embodied not only in the Colorado Creed, but also in the core values that the campus community identified as critical to making excellence inclusive at CU Boulder:

Integrity/Accountability: we are all responsible for our conduct, relationships and interactions with colleagues, students and the broader university community in creating a climate of inclusive excellence.

Collaboration: foster partnerships across the campus community, value diverse perspectives, interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary work, work with all campus constituents to remove barriers and solve problems.

Innovative Thinking and Continuous Improvement: adapting to change, continuous learning, critical thinking, promoting growth of the individual and the organization.

Engage in Effective Communication: open dialogue, listening and communication, being respectful of each other's unique backgrounds and perspectives.  Ensure that key and critical information is shared within the unit and provide timely information across the campus community.  

*Diversity and diverse are meant to include but are not limited to cultural differences, race/ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, (dis)ability, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. Please also refer to Regent Policy 10P.