Regis is committed to ensuring that each individual is known and accepted for who they are. We consider this an essential tenet of the founding values of this institution.
The university is committed to fostering a community that values, is welcoming to and accepting of the range of human experiences such as age, class, ethnicity, race, gender identity, nationality, (dis)ability, religion, sexual orientation, language, personality, communication style, work style, and veteran status. Other dimensions of diversity include the varying functions and divisions of the university, as well as the variety of environments in which we operate.
As defined by Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), inclusive excellence, is the “active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity” using ways that enhance our individual and collective “awareness, content knowledge, and empathetic understanding” of one another without distinction.
To achieve inclusive excellence as a goal, the entire Regis community aspires to be guided by excellence in our learning, teaching, student development, institutional function, and engagement in the local and global communities. The concept of inclusion applies to how we engage with the diversity that our community members bring, so that all can thrive and realize their full potential. For us at Regis to achieve the goal of inclusive excellence, we aspire to engage in the following activities:
As members of the Regis community, we are called to love, serve, and respect each other for who we are, what we believe and value, and where we come from without distinction. Inclusive excellence is the cornerstone of the legacy and charism of the university's founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph. The dear neighbor is each one of us, and as members of a Catholic institution of higher education, we are called to interrogate, enlighten and transform the society in which we live.
The Center for Inclusive Excellence, under the advisement of the Regis Inclusive Excellence Council, seeks to foster a culture and campus community in which all types of diversity are valued, engaged with, have access, and all contribute to the holistic development of our community members, and the institutional excellence of the university.
In current times of volatility, uncertainty, and complexity, Regis’ mission and its commitment to the themes of Catholic social teaching inspire me. I am also inspired by the core values of the Sisters of St. Joseph, which we espouse as a learning community. As we build on the inclusive excellence efforts of our founders, I am dedicated to working with my colleagues from multiple departments and levels, students, and our surrounding community to create an institution that is inclusive, just, welcoming, and responsive. It is who we are, it is who we are called to be.
In current times of volatility, uncertainty, and complexity, Regis’ mission and its commitment to the themes of Catholic social teaching inspire me.Michelle Cromwell, Chief Diversity Officer