Appendix VII: Inclusive Excellence and Definitions

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to cultivating an inclusive excellence mindset across our institution. We believe in fully embracing diversity in all forms seen and unseen, making inclusion a top priority, promoting equity across our policies and practices, and ultimately ensuring that excellence is inclusive. To accomplish this, we recognize the importance of understanding exactly what we mean by inclusive excellence. Inclusive Excellence builds on the notions of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Individual differences, (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences), group and social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, indigeneity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, and (dis)ability), historically underrepresented populations, and cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations – Adapted from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion. – American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity — in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect — in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. – American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Inclusive Excellence
It is designed to help colleges and universities integrate diversity, equity, and educational quality efforts into their missions and institutional operations. It calls for higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of democratic culture. It is an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities. – American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

The Inclusive Excellence mindset can also be understood in these ways:

  1. Not only do we see differences, we embrace differences. We believe each unique person and experience contribute to our learning—whether you are in or out of a classroom.
  2. We believe in having an array of different backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences, but having differences comes with responsibility to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to fully participate, thrive, and lead at the University. Inclusion of all is a priority
  3. We also believe that we only do well as a University when every individual does well. We also recognize that not everyone feels included at the University and we have to work to change it.
  4. We believe that we must act in ways that consider the experiences of all—even when they are not in the room and even when we don’t always understand them.

Hiring Manager/Official
The Hiring Manager/Official is responsible for making changes to the requisition and applicant status. This information should be included in the corresponding section of the requisition. Those listed in the Hiring Manager section will be copied on search committee and short list approval communications from Institutional Equity and Compliance. Please visit and to review the steps and administrators available for assistance in the UNL IEC office. The hiring official is often the unit leader who gives the charge to the search committee.

Gender Identity
Gender Identity is the internal sense of being male, female, neither, both or somewhere in between that a person may have. Everyone has a gender identity, and the physical manifestation of an individual’s gender identity is known as their gender expression, as expressed by the LGBTQA+ Resource Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. More information and tips about providing an LGBTQA+ inclusive environment can be found at the following website: