Information technology has increasing potential to help Gonzaga University's students, faculty, and staff achieve and improve the quality of teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and service. Information Technology Services (ITS) sees ourselves as partners with the university community as we work towards these aims. We support Gonzaga’s mission to educate men and women for others and to develop the whole person. In addition, we believe that technology presents a unique opportunity for our community to go beyond our campus and educate the world.
Gonzaga's ITS Mission is to leverage technology to support the University mission and educate the world. Our vision is to be recognized as the leading technology organization in Higher Education. Our values are Integrity, FUN, Collaboration and Empathy.
In April of 2021, the Information Technology Services (ITS) organization began a concerted effort to understand Inclusive Excellence and to take steps to improve our behavior and results. After taking DiversityEdu training, we realized we have much more to learn and much further to go, but we are going to make steady progress. Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that ITS and Gonzaga’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of its students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni constituents. This is non-negotiable for us, because:
- Our Gonzaga mission requires it. “Gonzaga models and expects excellence in academic and professional pursuits and intentionally develops the whole person -- intellectually, spiritually, culturally, physically, and emotionally.” The Gonzaga experience fosters a mature commitment to dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet.
- Our values demand it. Diversity is a core value of Gonzaga University. Our diversity value reads, "Diversity affirms our faith-inspired commitment to an inclusive community where human differences thrive within our living, working and learning environment.” Inclusive excellence is how we put our diversity value into action.
- We need everyone’s whole, best self to succeed. What we do together each day is difficult - too difficult to accomplish as a loose collection of partial people. To thrive we must engage each other's whole, best self. And in so doing, we will generate better ideas, experience improved collaboration, build greater trusting relationships, and deliver truly excellent outcomes for those we serve.
- It's the right thing to do. Inclusive excellence honors each person for their spectacular uniqueness in a robust community. While not always easy, there is simply no better way to live. In Information Technology Services, we will strive to set an example for others to follow.
Critical our success in achieving inclusive excellence is the IT Services Inclusive Excellence Climate Ambassador Team, whose work energizes our efforts to mature in this area. This team provides sponsorship and assistance for specific inclusive excellence tasks and programs, but most importantly provides a safe place to explore inclusive excellence topics.
To serve our community it takes a community – the whole community. We are committed to becoming a model of inclusive excellence in Information Technology Services, and we welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions.
--Inclusive Excellence Climate Ambassador Team