Diversity and Community Engagement

The University of Mississippi

UM Inclusive Excellence

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement adopts an Inclusive Excellence framework for approaching diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Inclusive Excellence is a framework designed to help campuses interweave diversity, equity, and inclusion in all functions of the institution. Applying Inclusive Excellence as a model concepts fosters infusion of diversity into an institution’s recruiting, admissions, and hiring processes; into its curriculum and co-curriculum; and into its policies, practices, and procedures. Inclusive Excellence signifies an institution aligned the cohesive, coherent, and collaborative efforts of diversity and inclusion into the institutional pursuit of excellence.

Academic Engagement

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is valued as integral to the educational mission; therefore, it is integrated within the curricular and co-curricular initiatives that fulfill the teaching, research, and service mission of academic schools/colleges, departments, and programs at the University of Mississippi.


  1. Curricular Engagement – Inclusive of courses related to intercultural, international, and multicultural topics and diversification of course content to incorporate discipline relevant underrepresented voices. This includes interdisciplinary approaches and community-engaged learning.
  2. Co-curricular Engagement – As a function of high-impact practices, this includes active collaboration with internal or external non-academic units and internal academic units to provide learning experiences around diversity, equity, and inclusion that support the educational mission. This includes community-engaged learning and service-learning experiences.
  3. Faculty Support – Faculty who integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into their teaching, research, and service are appropriately recognized in recruitment, tenure, and promotion processes. This includes community-engaged research, learning, and service and faculty who engage in formal or informal forms of mentorship with other faculty, staff, and/or students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Access and Equity

The compositional number and outcome levels of historically underrepresented students, faculty, and staff at the University of Mississippi. This also includes representation in processes, systems, and leadership, universal accessibility, and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


  1. Pipelines – Initiatives and processes that actively work to recruit, retain, and promote the success underrepresented faculty, staff, and students.
  2. Outcomes – Profile of data regarding student retention, persistence, and degree attainment, particularly in relation to the institution profile of retention, persistence, and degree attainment. Profile of data regarding success of faculty and staff from underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to, tenure and promotion.
  3. Representation – Demographic profile of faculty, staff, and students in relation to institutional profile/state profile and discipline.


The development of a psychological and behavioral environment supportive of all faculty, staff, and students inclusive of all intersecting identities through mechanisms to assess and mitigate harassment.


  1. Reporting and Response – Mechanisms for reporting incidents of harassment and/or discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, citizenship and/or ability status.
  2. Assessment – Formal instrument to measure sense of belonging and intergroup relations for faculty, staff, and/or students through quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  3. Social Programmatic Engagement – Social (non-academic) programming dedicated to exploring intercultural, international, and multicultural topics and fostering a sense of belonging/community for underrepresented students, faculty, and/or staff.
  4. Education – Interventions that facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and awareness to foster inclusive environments and mitigate incidents of harassment, discrimination, and bias. Interventions can be preventative and informed by reporting and assessment.