Inclusive Excellence

You matter. You are valued. You belong.

CCA is a community that is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion through Inclusive Excellence. We can only achieve this together.

CCA embraces Inclusive Excellence because we want our students, staff, adjunct instructors, and faculty to learn and contribute to an inclusive environment. This means members of our college community will be active, respectful, and mindful of equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels of engagement. Inclusive Excellence will provide a foundation for student and institutional success.

Recognizing our diversity is only the first step toward Inclusive Excellence. We must also be intentional in valuing cultural differences and experiences, while incorporating them into practices, curricula, and policies. The CCA community will be transformed through the following actions:

  • Create an Inclusive Excellence plan        
  • Incorporate evidence-based and inclusive teaching strategies and curricula in the classroom
  • Provide high quality, inclusive, and responsive programming and services outside the classroom
  • Assess and evaluate the practices, policies, and outcomes of the College for inclusiveness
  • Provide intentional faculty and staff professional development that focuses on the implementation of Inclusive Excellence
  • Communicate support and direction for Inclusive Excellence through institutional leaders
  • Identify, prioritize, and allocate resources that support Inclusive Excellence 
  • Foster a climate for open dialogue
  • Facilitate opportunities for cross-cultural interaction

According to the Association of American Colleges & Universities, Inclusive Excellence is:

“ active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities” (AACU, 2016, para. 2).

References: Association of American Colleges & Universities. (2016). Making excellence inclusive.


CCA is the College where everyone is respected, supported, and included.


The council is committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence based on purposeful communication and creating opportunities for transformation.


SINCERE, respectful and equity-minded
ENGAGED, high expectations and promoting growth
STRATEGIC, intentional and transparent
RESPONSIVE, valuing people and culturally relevant
EDUCATIONAL, learning opportunities to engage and retain

Other terms to consider: Respectful, Supportive, Exceptional, Purposeful, Conscious, Diversity

Black Lives Matter.

Visit our growing list of resources related to Black Lives Matter, Anti-Racism, and Inclusive Excellence.

CCA community members developed the Growing List of Resources to encompass the stories, media, demonstrations, organizations, and momentum of the BLM movement and tools to becoming anti-racist.  Explore, connect with resources, and revisit as they are updated.

Sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), Black Faculty Staff Umoja (BFSU), Office of Student Life, and Office of Inclusive Excellence.

While the COVID-19 vaccine is now being distributed for free... 

a documented history of medication abuses and experimentation have left many Black and Brown people reluctant to trust this vaccine and its distribution.  Members of the IE Leadership Team have created this virtual project and timeline that shares the history of distrust of the medical profession by the Black and Brown communities and why, despite that history, the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and trustworthy.  We encourage you to explore.

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