Project Inclusion

About Project Inclusion

The purpose of Project Inclusion is to support colleges and universities to systematically assess campus diversity, equity and inclusion across the institution and develop strategic action to address identified gaps. This process is guided by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education (henceforth referred to as “the Rubric”).

Benefits of Project Inclusion

There are many benefits of Project Inclusion, both explicit and implicit. Some of the explicit benefits of conducting Project Inclusion on your campus(es) are to:

  • identify your institutional commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • agree upon a campus-wide definition of diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • enhance knowledge regarding the many benefits of diversity and inclusion toward organizational excellence and 
competency regarding underrepresented populations in academia.
  • develop skills to engage and equip members of the community to affirm and support diversity, inclusion, and equity in your colleges, classrooms, departments, and places of work.
  • promote an inclusive environment where diversity, inclusion and equity are viewed as the key to maximizing organizational effectiveness, in creating engaging classrooms, and in providing a campus climate that fosters and supports every participant.

NERCHE’s Rubric was developed by a coalition of higher education leaders who participated in the NERCHE Multicultural Affairs Think Tank in 2011. Because of NERCHE’s commitment to the critical value of practitioner-based knowledge as a catalyst for meaningful institutional change in colleges and universities, the team emphasized an instrument that could be used in a variety of different settings within a college or university. As the structural foundation for its work, the team adapted an instrument developed by Andy Furco at the University of Minnesota focusing on the institutionalization of service learning. See Appendix A for additional resources that influenced the development of the Rubric. 
The Rubric is divided into six dimensions, each reflecting a key area of college and university life. The Rubric offers teams of students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to assess the status of the institution and identify meaningful evidence of these assessments.