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The Case for EDI and the Inclusive Excellence Imperative

McMaster’s Vision, Values, and Purpose

McMaster University has a vision to achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation, and excellence as a student-centred, research-intensive university.

The University distinguishes itself in its commitment to excellence through valuing and embodying integrity, inclusiveness, and teamwork alongside quality.

McMaster’s purpose is articulated as a dedication to advancing human and societal health and well-being locally and globally, by cultivating inclusive mindsets, collaborative learning, creativity, and innovative thinking.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity across all areas of the University’s mission to achieve research, teaching, and service excellence.

Mobilizing EDI Commitments

Implicit in McMaster’s vision, values, and purpose is its aspiration towards inclusive excellence.

To transform our values and commitments to EDI into meaningful actions and impacts, McMaster needs an intentional campus-wide strategy that will help the University to:

  • Acknowledge and communicate the benefits of diversity to academic, educational, and organizational excellence;
  • Recognize and address the persistent biases and inequities which contribute to barriers to diversity and inclusion; and
  • Identify and implement best practices to build capacity and advance multi-level institutional EDI priorities and goals.

 The Case for EDI and the Inclusive Excellence Imperative

Making the case for EDI and widely communicating the inclusive excellence imperative is critical to educational, academic, and organizational change efforts. An evidentiary Supplement to the Report on McMaster University’s EDI Strategy discusses and
demonstrates the: benefits of diversity, barriers to equal opportunity and inclusion, and best practices to build capacity for inclusive excellence in higher education.