Over the past several years, UNC Charlotte has taken significant steps to prioritize and more rapidly advance the pursuit of inclusive excellence in all that it does. As we continue to build upon these efforts, the expansion and implementation of a strategic plan naturally serve as the next key step toward the realization of UNC Charlotte’s vision to become a national leader in equity and engagement. Similar to previous DEI advancements, Through Inquiry and Synergy is the result of extensive engagement and collaboration among stakeholders who have contributed their expertise, time, and experience to the development process. The purpose of Through Inquiry and Synergy is threefold purpose: (1) to create and promote a campus culture of inclusive excellence through shared language, inquiry, expectations, and institutional narratives in our everyday communications, processes, actions, and goals; (2) to serve as a roadmap for defining, advancing, assessing, and ultimately sustaining inclusive excellence across the entire campus; and (3) build capacity to achieve and continuously improve upon the goals outlined by the University’s Shaping What's Next, 2021-2031.
Through Inquiry and Synergy serves as a blueprint for the academic and administrative units’ inclusive excellence plans. The overarching goals and priorities emerged from and reflect the insight and innovation produced by representatives of those units who make up the Chancellor's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. They are intended to support and enhance the unit level plans. For that reason, they focus on areas where centrally coordinated and supported programs and initiatives will be most effective. The core campus-wide strategic goals are listed below.
Goal I: Strengthen Pathways to Institutional Access and Success
Enhance access, recruitment, retention, and success (education and career) of all students and employees–with an increased emphasis on historically underrepresented and/or minoritized communities. [Learn more]
Goal II: Nurture a Positive Campus Climate and Culture
Cultivate, integrate, improve, and sustain a culture where students and employees feel included and supported across all aspects of the university. [Learn more]
Goal III: Promote Inclusive Education and Transformational Scholarship
Provide innovative and transformational research and learning experiences to enable all students and employees to advance inclusive excellence and accountability across the University community. [Learn more]
Develop an institutional infrastructure to drive and sustain data-driven decision-making and investment around diversity, equity, and inclusion through systems, policies, procedures, resources, and performance measures. [Learn more]
Provide and promote a clear, cohesive, and comprehensive communication of inclusive excellence at UNC Charlotte, as well as our goals, accomplishments, recognitions, initiatives, and innovations. [Learn more]