About the Inclusive Excellence Toolbox

James Madison University is committed to facilitating inclusive excellence among CHBS faculty, staff and students. The mission of the Inclusive Excellence Council is to promote inclusiveness within the college by removing the barriers which prevent the full participation of all individuals and groups including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, culture and nationality, sexual orientation, disabilities, socio-economic background, or religion. CHBS is committed to preparing future leaders and enlightened individuals who have been educated in environments that are enhanced through inclusive excellence and who are committed to the belief that all people are enriched by the diversity within our communities. To this end, we will increase awareness of the merits of inclusive excellence through educational events, ensure that our curricula address diversity and provide a supportive environment that celebrates inclusive excellence.

Our Inclusive Excellence Toolbox is also responsive to the survey many of you completed in the spring about the strategies you are currently using to create safe and inclusive spaces for colleagues and students, and to identify areas where you could use more support in creating safe and inclusive spaces for all. We hope the ideas and resources shared here will support you in building your own knowledge and skills around addressing racism and creating inclusive spaces for all. In the words of poet and activist, Audre Lorde, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

As we invite you to open and engage with this Inclusive Excellence Toolbox we leave you with the words of activist and civil rights leader Rosa Parks who said “To bring about change you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.” May we all be committed to taking those steps to make our community supportive and inclusive of all its members.


May 2022 - Healthcare Diversity Resources

March 2022 - Anti-Racism Books and Resources

February 2022 - Inclusive Excellence Curriculum Resources
Updated from the February 2021 Edition

January 2022 - Barriers Experienced by Marginalized Individuals in Higher Education Institutions
Updated from the January 2021 Edition

November 2021 - Inclusive Excellence 101: Getting Started as a Co-Conspirator
Updated from the November 2020 Edition

April 2021 - Environmental Justice (How Inclusive Excellence Relate to Environmental Health?)

March 2021 - Thinking about Creating Inclusive Spaces, An Introduction

October 2020 - Poverty, Health Disparities, and Racism

September 2020 - Race-Based Trauma

August 2020 - Healthcare Diversity Resources

June 2020 - Anti-Racism Resources

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