To Include is To Excel is an initiative that reflects St. Olaf’s conviction that inclusion, equity, and excellence are inextricably intertwined. We aim to transform our curriculum and our teaching practices for new generations of students.
To Include is To Excel is a four–year, $800,000 initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that stimulates faculty development and supports curricular transformation to serve new generations of students. The project reflects St. Olaf’s conviction that inclusion, equity and excellence are inextricably intertwined. We envision all students pursuing excellence and encourage all to develop their own sense of mission in a world that desperately needs their talents. Such a vision calls us to transform our approaches to teaching in dialog with our students and each other. This is based on a nuanced understanding of who our students are, how they engage with knowledge and areas of study, and what makes them thrive as learners.
Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another. —Desmond Tutu