We recognize that in order to truly be inclusive we must draw attention to the depth and breadth of the diversity represented at William James College. Acknowledging both the recognition and appreciation of diversity, our definition includes age, culture, different ideas and perspectives, disability, ethnicity, first generation status, familial status, gender identity and expression, geographic background, marital status, national origin, race, religious, political and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status. We also recognize that the historical exclusion and marginalization of specific social groups must be addressed to promote equity.
We recognize that inclusiveness and excellence are interdependent and that in order to continue to stay current in the global marketplace and stay relevant in an increasingly diverse world, we must embody inclusion. To practice inclusiveness is excellence.
We recognize that everyone is responsible for inclusive excellence. A unit or person can drive the process, but every individual at William James College assumes responsibility for positive change. Our community has leaders and ambassadors who have been championing this work throughout the years; our Military Veterans Psychology (MVP) program, the Institutional Diversity Committee, the Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health (CMGMH) and out interstitial initiatives like the Lucero Latino Mental Health and Black Mental Health Academy have laid the groundwork for the education and awareness needed to innovate. Our academic programs, faculty, staff and students have raised the bar on promoting social justice and addressing mental health disparities among disenfranchised populations in the U.S. and abroad. At William James College, we recognize that our ability to be a leader in the behavioral health field both locally and globally is dependent upon our capacity to evolve in the context of an increasingly diverse community and a complex global society.
We recognize that inclusive excellence goes beyond numbers. Historically, diversity has been gauged by demographics or numbers; we must move beyond solely numbers toward an inclusive community that embeds diversity throughout the institution in multiple areas including demographics, policies, and communications; curriculum, pedagogy, and student learning; recruitment, hiring and retention, evaluation and supervision.
Achieving inclusive excellence is a long-term commitment and must have a comprehensive broad approach, embedding appreciation of all members and inclusion of best practices into the very fabric of William James College’s organizational culture.