Inclusive Excellence

The VMI Plan

The need for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) has moved to the top of the agenda for many institutions. However, to make a lasting commitment to DE&I, institutions must move beyond a reactive response to social unrest and take steps to implement an  ongoing institutional commitment to creating an inclusive environment. Advancing the agenda of DE&I extends beyond simply inviting members of underrepresented communities into VMI. In fact it requires deliberate as well as careful consideration of VMI’s mission, unique military structure, and strategic policy to formulate a good strategic plan. The goal of this plan is to produce institutional transformation through a program known as Inclusive Excellence. This strategy will draw on VMI’s solid foundation of accountability, honor, integrity, and respect.

We encourage cadets, families, alumni, and all Virginians to read the complete VMI Inclusive Excellence - One Virginia Strategic Plan to see how VMI is approaching this critical mission.

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The Plan will focus on five major goals:

Goal 1: Access and Success

Achieve and maintain a more diverse and inclusive student body, faculty, staff, and administration.

Objective 1

Achieve increased student enrollment from historically underrepresented and underserved populations.

Objective 2

Increase retention and academic success of historically underrepresented and underserved undergraduate students.

Objective 3

Recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff

 

Goal 2: Climate and Intergroup Relations

Create and sustain an organizational environment that affirms and respects diversity and employs inclusive practices throughout its daily operations.

Objective 1

Create and maintain a climate that acknowledges and celebrates diversity and employs inclusive practices throughout its daily operations, aligned with VMI’s vision, mission, and values.

 

Goal 3: Education and Scholarship

Engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community in learning varied perspectives of domestic and international diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Create and sustain an organizational environment that affirms and respects diversity and employs inclusive practices throughout its daily operations.

Objective 1

Offer courses, curricula, art/artistic events, and learning opportunities at the undergraduate level that achieve DE&I learning goals.

Objective 2

Increase the cultural competencies of faculty and staff.

Goal 4: Organizational Culture and Accountability

Create and sustain an institutional infrastructure that effectively supports progress and accountability in achieving DE&I goals.

Objective 1

Develop a robust, empowered infrastructure to address longstanding institutional challenges and sustain the journey toward Inclusive Excellence.

Objective 2

Create a culture of evaluation and continuous improvement for administrators and senior leaders.

Objective 3

Sustain and increase institute-wide efforts designed to amplify potential secure gifts, grants, and opportunities to advance the DEI goals in the Inclusive Excellence framework.

 

Goal 5: Community Engagement 

Leverage institutional philanthropy and community partnerships to create collective impact with other community organizations.

Objective 1

Evaluate and expand community engagement and partnerships to create collective impact with other community organizations.

 

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