Inclusive Excellence Toolkit

June 2, 2021

A Guide for Higher Education from CCNH

This toolkit assembles resources from a statewide symposium, Project Inclusion New Hampshire: Assessing and Enacting a Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity on Campus. The symposium, held in June 2016, explored strategies for making higher education more inclusive in ways that benefit all members of the campus community. Project Inclusion was made possible through the support from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N. A., Trustee.  Documentation of the materials found on this page was made possible through the generous support of the New Hampshire Endowment for Health. Sponsored jointly by Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), the symposium gathered higher education leaders from across New England to discuss strategies and models for preparing students to succeed in our increasingly multicultural society. The resources here offer hands-on guidance for campuses in New Hampshire and beyond that are seeking to put higher education access and success within reach for all students. You’ll find groundbreaking tools, including:

•  NERCHE’s Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education.

•  A companion worksheet for the Self-Assessment Rubric designed to help campuses select and use the indicators most appropriate for their institutional status.

•  A keynote presentation that describes tools for cultivating and assessing inclusive campus environments.

•  Models from four New Hampshire campuses, representing a range of institutional types, that are piloting an innovative new program.

•  Videos of the project introduction and keynote presentations, with essential background information, powerful anecdotes, and campus tools.




The Inclusive Excellence Initiative

In 2011, a coalition of higher education leaders launched a bold initiative aimed at ensuring that New Hampshire’s students graduate from college prepared for participation in an increasingly multicultural democracy. The goal of the initiative, called Enhancing Inclusive Excellence in New Hampshire Communities, was to create resources and models for “inclusive excellence”—that is, preparing all students to live and work in a multicultural, multilingual, and multiracial society. Spearheaded by CCNH and the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC) in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire, the initiative has built strong relationships between higher education and diverse communities both on and off campus. These groups have forged ties with a broad coalition of supporters, including the New Hampshire Inclusive Excellence Advisory Board, consisting of education, business, and community leaders from across the state.

Project Inclusion

In partnership with CCNH, the New Hampshire Inclusive Excellence Advisory Board, and UMass Boston, NERCHE’s Project Inclusion is extending this work by piloting a statewide effort to assess institutional structures, policies, and practices around diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in New Hampshire’s colleges and universities. Following a symposium in 2015, four campuses were chosen as Project Inclusion pilot sites:

Antioch University New England Keene State College Rivier University University of New Hampshire

These institutions, all members of CCNH, were chosen on the basis of their current cultural engagement efforts and their readiness to undergo broad-based, structural change in order to sustain and expand those efforts. Representatives of each of these four institutions presented models at the 2016 symposium; their presentations are included here.



Self-Assessment Rubric and Worksheet

NERCHE’s Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education
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This rubric offers guidance for collecting and analyzing data on campus diversity and inclusion, creating work plans for each of six essential dimensions of campus culture, implementing the work plans, and reassessing campus efforts.

Worksheet: NERCHE's Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education
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The companion worksheet to NERCHE’s Self-Assessment Rubric offers a template for gauging important indicators among the six campus dimensions: philosophy and mission; faculty support; teaching, research, and service; staff engagement; student involvement; and administrative leadership and institutional support.

Project Inclusion Introduction: Why We Do This Work?

Alane K. Shanks, EdD
NERCHE Visiting Scholar/Project Inclusion Director

Introduction: Alane K. Shanks, EdD

Keynote Presentation: Culturally Engaging Campus Environments

Culturally Relevant and Responsive Tools for Cultivating and Assessing Optimally Inclusive Campus Environments
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Samuel D. Museus, PhD Director, Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Project Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Indiana University, Bloomington

Keynote address, part 1: Samuel D. Museus, PhD

Keynote address, part 2: Samuel D. Museus, PhD

Keynote address, part 3: Samuel D. Museus, PhD

Campus Models: Presentations from Pilot Institutions

Antioch University New England, a private graduate school
Project Inclusion at AUNE, Download PDF

Presenter: Leatrice A. Oram, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Student Services Officer, Office of Academic Affairs

Keene State College, a public liberal arts college
Project Inclusion at Keene State, Download PDF

Presenter: Dottie Morris, Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism and Associate Professor of Psychology

Rivier University, a private, Catholic liberal arts university
Project Inclusion at Rivier,
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Presenter: Kurt Stimeling, Vice President for Student Affairs

University of New Hampshire, a public research university
Project Inclusion at UNH, Download PDF

Presenters: Jaime Nolan, Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity; Regina McCarthy, Assistant Dean of Academic Student Services at UNH Manchester; Sean McGhee, Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Download the PowerPoint presentation with all campus models.

Additional Resources

Selected works for Samuel D. Museus