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Mission and Goals

Our Mission

The Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence (OIE) serves Vanderbilt’s communities of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty. Working to create and assess progress towards inclusive excellence, we are committed to embracing our diversity and achieving a more equitable Vanderbilt through partnership and collaboration. The OIE prioritizes the various needs of our diverse groups by building opportunities for more voices to be heard and valued within the Vanderbilt community-at-large.


The OIE was created from the 2016 Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Report. Vice Provost of Academic Affairs William H. Robinson served on the university-wide committee that conducted an assessment of Vanderbilt’s landscape related to diversity and inclusion. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee presented recommendations which provided the charge for the OIE. Our team is in constant pursuit of increasing and investing in Vanderbilt’s community’s Academic Achievement, sense of Belonging and Inclusion, and Cultural Awareness: Education and Practice. These fundamental principles encompass our strategic emphasis to sustain and progress the Provost’s Office commitment toward inclusive excellence in Academic Affairs.

Inclusive Excellence Resources. It displays a wheel that depicts 7 areas, including Institutional Research, Research Support, Faculty Affairs, Admissions and Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs, Student Services, and Learning and Residential Experiences

Our Office Goals

The Office for Inclusive Excellence operates with four themes to elicit intentional programming and discussion surrounding the inclusive needs of the Vanderbilt community in its entirety. These themes exist to celebrate the accomplishments that spread across campus and recognize potential areas of further improvement that our practitioners can help facilitate. We acknowledge and honor the growing demand for the OIE to sponsor various initiatives in unique and deliberate capacities; therefore, these themes serve as a reference point in deciding how we can effectively collaborate when navigating partnership requests. Each theme is comprised of three objectives for action that will be addressed in their respective calendar month, and represented as intersections within the previous and subsequent months. In efforts to advance our visibility across campus, we invite members of the Vanderbilt community to propose potential objectives that can expand the mission of our office in benefiting the nuanced needs of our community. Our foundational themes include

  • A Culture of Inclusion
  • Cultivating Awareness
  • Research in Action
  • Social Responsibility Through Community Engagement