Q: What is Inclusive Higher Education?

A: INCLUSIVE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION CELEBRATE INTELLECTUAL DIVERSITY in the same way that they celebrate racial, gender, cultural, religious, and other forms of diversity. They recognize that diverse learners require and inspire pedagogical innovation, and that innovation benefits all students. They place value on experiences and perspectives of others, respect all forms of learning, and provide opportunities for all students to develop to their fullest potential.

INCLUSION IS A HUMAN RIGHT. It involves one belonging to a community, having access to equal opportunities, being free to choose one’s own life path, being actively engaged with and alongside others, and being valued for what one brings to the interaction.

INCLUSION IS REALIZED WHEN THERE IS MUTUAL AND ONGOING BENEFIT among people of varying abilities, gender identity, culture, socio-economic status, race, and other forms of diversity, with shared eagerness to create and sustain those relationships across all aspects of higher education.

INCLUSION IS DEPENDENT ON INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNAL PERSPECTIVES, moving beyond benevolence, clinical/medical interests, or indifference to an attitude about and perception of ability that demonstrates a value placed upon difference throughout the higher education community.