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Office of Inclusive Excellence

We uphold the structure of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to achieve social, academic, professional, and institutional excellence.
Robin Kelly, Chief Diversity Officer
Robin Kelley, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer

The Office of Inclusive Excellence, led by Chief Diversity Officer Robin Kelley, oversees services, functions, and initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at Gonzaga University. The Office’s responsibilities include implementation of a comprehensive Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan and oversight of Title IX, bias reports and response, and coordination of and monitoring the university’s efforts towards building a culture of equity, inclusion, and belonging.  We recognize that an institution's success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes a rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni in its community.

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Events and News

Upcoming Events

[APRIL 22]: Calling Survivor Allies Conference & Film Screening

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This conference will comprise of a series of hour long workshops led by victim witness advocates from the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, community based victim advocates, and GU staff. We'll talk about criminal cases, evidence collection, bystander intervention, and have an hour for a wellness activity. Learn more about the event here.

[APRIL 24]: Unity Through Diversity Symposium: Amplifying Voices of Color

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The Office of Inclusive Excellence in collaboration with the GU Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting the 1st annual Unity Through Diversity Symposium on April 24 from 12 – 5 p.m. This year's theme - amplifying voices of color will feature keynote speaker Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly who will lead a keynote session entitled Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues on Power, Oppression and Social Justice. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

There will also be professional development sessions for faculty and staff in the afternoon around the topics of: Leadership for Liberation, Best practices for RPT, Building Resilience and Empowerment to Support Staff of Color, and Mentoring to Retain Staff and Faculty of Color. In addition, the symposium will showcase scholarly work of GU faculty and staff that aligns with this interdisciplinary theme.

[APRIL 25]: Survivor Speak Out

Gather with us on April 25th to support survivors of sexual assault and hear their stories. For this event, the Office of Inclusive Excellence will be soliciting stories of survival, healing, and thriving from people who have experienced sexual violence. These stories will be read by fellow students at the event to raise awareness of the widespread impact sexual violence has on individuals and communities. In addition to sharing survivor stories, we will also be sharing on-campus resources to support survivors and this event will be attended by victim advocates and counselors in case anyone needs support in the moment. Learn more about the event here.


News, Stories, and Messages

Office of Inclusive Excellence Pillars

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Access and Success

Expand prosperity at Gonzaga for underrepresented and underserved students, faculty and staff.

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Campus Climate and Infrastructure

Acknowledge and support diversity in the systems, structures, and culture of the University.

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Education, Development, and Scholarship

Ensure inclusive training research, scholarship, advising, curriculum, and instruction opportunities across the University.

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Assessment, Accountability, and Strategic Practices

Implement the University’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging strategic plan.

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