Diversity, Equity, & Inclusive Excellence
Since 1971 AAC&U has developed initiatives that bring together faculty and institutions of higher learning to provide national leadership that advances diversity and equity in higher education, and the best educational practices for an increasingly diverse population. AAC&U understands diversity and equity as fundamental goals of higher education and as resources for learning that are valuable for all students, vital to democracy and a democratic workforce and to the global position and wellbeing of the United States. AAC&U's commitment to make excellence inclusive—to bring the benefits of liberal education to all students—is rooted deeply in commitment to a diverse, informed, and civically active society.
Recently, AAC&U joined with more than a hundred diverse organizations and individuals as partners in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation enterprise. With particular attention to the role of higher education, the Fall 2016 issue of Liberal Education provides an overview of this wide-ranging effort to heal racial divides in communities across the country.