The mission of the Office of the Inclusive Excellence is to ensure that the University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is embedded throughout all aspects of the University and its operation.


An approach that seeks to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed, which often times requires the creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations.  To achieve equity, there must be an acknowledgment that individuals start from different places with varying advantages and disadvantages. Equity seeks to correct and address these imbalances to allow each individual an equal opportunity to succeed.



The presence of difference within a given setting often defined as numerical representation. Diversity can be expressed as individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, life experiences, etc.) and group or social differences (e.g. race/ethnicity, class, gender/gender identity, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious or other affiliations).



The act of individuals with different identities being valued, leveraged, and welcomed within a given group or setting. Although you can have diversity, diversity alone does not mean that everyone feels that they are welcome and are valued within the group. To be inclusive, individuals should feel included and as if they can fully participate as their authentic self.

* These definitions are based on those by Meg Bolger (2017), a social justice facilitator and founder of Same Team.

About the Office of Inclusive Excellence

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is responsible for ensuring that Sacramento State’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is evident throughout our University and its operation and is communicated to the larger Sacramento community that we serve. The University Diversity Officer partners with various stakeholders across the campus and in the community to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion into every aspect of University practices and operations; actively support efforts to achieve the University’s goals; serves as a member of the President’s cabinet and advises leadership on issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and develops strategies to strengthen Inclusive Excellence throughout the university and to otherwise actively support efforts to achieve the University’s goals of academic excellence and student success.

Sacramento State defines Inclusive Excellence as the ongoing and active process of ensuring our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion are embedded into the core functions and operations of our university in order to realize educational equity and the full benefits of having a diverse and inclusive campus. Sacramento State has committed itself to the unending work of collaborative integration of equity, diversity, and inclusion into the institutional pursuit of excellence.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is guided by the values of:

  • mutual respect, empathy, and belonging
  • accountability and transparency
  • solutions-oriented, strategic, and continuous improvement
  • appreciation and celebration of achievements

Diversity Council

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Campus Climate Surveys

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Campus Partners

Office of Faculty Advancement

The Office of Faculty Advancement (OFA) is responsible for facilitating the career success and academic advancement of the faculty of California State University, Sacramento. The OFA strives to promote and environment where we recruit and retain a diverse faculty of talented educators.


Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning

The Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning (OIREP) enhances the University effectiveness with information and research to support planning and budgeting, assessment, accreditation, policy formation, and decision making.


Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning provides diverse opportunities for faculty to identify and achieve their desired level of teaching excellence and to share experiences and expertise with their colleagues.