What Is Project Inclusion?
Project Inclusion, at WPI, is a three-year initiative dedicated to helping the University set standards and expectations for a campus environment that is accepting and welcoming to all. Under its guidelines, WPI establishes the definitions and sets goals around diversity, inclusion, and equity, and sets priorities for ongoing assessment to create positive cultural change. How will Project Inclusion do this? via campus self assessment. How else can we figure out where we need to be in terms of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI), unless we first assess and analyze where we are? This assessment and evaluation is at the heart of Project Inclusion.
Launched in the spring of 2017, Project Inclusion uses input from the entire community to establish policies to help WPI assess the current campus culture/environment as it pertains to DEI. Facilitators assist in the process and help guide community ideas and proposals and recommendations into strategies and actions that will be successful on the WPI campus and eventually, possibly, implemented. Read the bios of the facilitators WPI is working with here.
With the guidance of facilitators, Project Inclusion begins that assessment in a structured way using the following dimensions:
The dimensions represent the pieces of campus that, as a whole, represent the institution in its entirety.
- Philosophy and Mission
- Faculty Support and Involvement
- Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Research
- Staff Engagement and Involvement
- Student Support and Involvement
- Administrative Leadership and Institutional Support
Read more about Project Inclusion’s Process (PDF) and Project Inclusion’s Purpose and Expectations (PDF).