Inclusive Excellence Council (IEC)
The Inclusive Excellence Council (IEC) is a collaborative group consisting of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community volunteers striving to make the University of Lynchburg a more welcoming and respectful environment. The IEC helps oversee the Diversity Strategic Plan, an additional document utilized in conjunction with Objective 1.4 of Vision 2020+.
There are six groups involved in the IEC. These groups work independently and collaboratively to ensure the University of Lynchburg lives up to its values of community, diversity, and integrity.
- The Student Diversity Council (SDC) consists of nominated student advocates and allies who work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Lynchburg. The SDC’s primary role is to educate, advocate, and guide deliberate institutional strategy and planning. Their efforts help Lynchburg provide comprehensive leadership and investments in DEI throughout the campus community, infusing and applying this DEI lens throughout all parts of the University.
- Faculty Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (FCDEI) representatives are faculty members who have a heart for topics of inclusion, including the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, ensuring an inclusive curriculum, and mentoring and advising.
- Staff for an Inclusive Community (SIC) representatives are staff members who promote diverse education and development opportunities for staff, hiring and HR practices, and marketing and advocacy.
- The Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) promotes a positive working and learning environment for the University’s staff by advocating on their behalf, providing leadership, guidance, and motivation to the ever-changing workplace. The SAC manages funds necessary to provide supplemental funding for individual and professional training not fully funded by a staff member’s department, as well as funds for networking and social engagement opportunities.
- The Alumni Committee supports the University’s DEI initiatives across all aspects of college life. Their work ensures DEI is interwoven in every aspect of the Lynchburg experience, including academics, student life, alumni relations, community engagement, and faculty and staff relations. Members reflect on their experiences as former students, contributing alumni, and professionals to help the University develop meaningful and strategic approaches to achieve its DEI goals in a new era. They provide objectivity, critical analysis, and constructive feedback to key stakeholders.
- The Community Committee helps build a reciprocal relationship between the University and the surrounding community that advances issues of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
For more information or to join the IEC, contact Dr. Robert L. Canida II, vice president for inclusive excellence, at email@example.com.
Through Multicultural Services, our Student Diversity Council (SDC) Liaisons facilitate workshops, presentations, and discussions on topics of diversity and inclusion for the campus and community. Contact Annette Stadtherr at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Diversity Education for Staff, Faculty, and Students
Find out about types of diversity education that are available, and possibly will be available in the future.
The University of Lynchburg hosts numerous events throughout the academic year aimed at promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff.
- The Multicultural Gala, a popular student-planned event, celebrates champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. It also gives the University community the chance to break out their tuxedos, floor-length gowns, bow ties, sequins — the whole nine yards.
- At the International Food Festival, food is prepared and shared by students, faculty, and staff who came to Lynchburg from around the globe.
- Visit the OEI Facebook page for more information about programs and events.
Each year, individuals and campus organizations are recognized for their dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Multicultural Gala. To nominate a community member for their efforts, complete this nomination form.
Donating to the Office of Equity and Inclusion provides opportunities to increase meaningful programming and community education, further contributing to the preparation of students for successful engagement in a global society. Consider giving today!