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Inclusive Excellence


The Purpose of this Guide
The purpose of this library guide is to raise awareness of our diverse community, to provide students, faculty, and staff with resources and information about equity, diversity and inclusion, and to provide faculty and staff with pedagogical resources related to these topics.

See also Boise State University's Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity 
Association of College & Research Libraries' Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries
American Library Association's Mission & Priority: Key Action Areas

Scope and Limitations
This guide is to serve as a place for individuals on the Boise State University campus to acquire knowledge regarding inclusive excellence, to introduce the campus community to some of the terms used within, and to provide access to library resources on this topic. By no means is this guide comprehensive. We welcome and appreciate feedback regarding how this guide can be improved.

Some initial definitions:
Structural Oppression
The ways in which history, culture, ideology, public policies, institutional practices, and personal behaviors and beliefs interact to maintain a hierarchy – based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and/or other group identities – that allows the privileges associated with the dominant group and the disadvantages associated with the oppressed, targeted, or marginalized group to endure and adapt over time.
Source: "The Dynamic System of Power, Privilege, and Oppression." Open Source Leadership.

Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.
Source: "Microaggressions: More Than Just Race" by Derald Wing Sue.

Discrimination means treating an individual or group differently or less favorably (e.g., denied rights, benefits, equitable treatment, or access to facilities available to all others) on the basis of Protected Class.
Source: "Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (Policy 1060)" Boise State University

Preconceived opinion not based on reason or actual experience; bias, partiality; (now) spec. unreasoned dislike, hostility, or antagonism towards, or discrimination against, a race, sex, or other class of people.
Source: "prejudice, n." OED Online.

Inclusivity is the conscious and deliberate decision to continuously work towards the creation of an accepting and nurturing campus climate where similarities and differences are respected, supported, and valued by ensuring the active participation of the entire campus community.
Source: "Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity" Boise State University

Additional relevant terms can be found at Boise State University Multicultural Student Services' Glossary of Terms

Inclusive Excellence Resources

Facts and Figures - Student Demographics

Crisis Hotlines

• Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741

• Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online Messaging)

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

• RAINN 24/7 Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)

• RAINN Live Chat (National Sexual Assault Online Hotline)

• National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: (800) 799-7233 (calls are anonymous)

• What to Do If Your Rights Are Violated at a Demonstration or Protest (

For local resources, including crisis support, visit