The first draft of a report from Harvard University's Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging includes recommendations of 14 "shared standards for inclusive excellence" to be implemented university-wide.
The nine-page initial report released Monday advises, among other things, that the university create a "culture of mutual hospitality and engagement across difference" and "responsive curricula" that can "appropriately serve the diverse array of intellectual interests brought to the table by members of the campus community."
The task force asks for "intentionality" in efforts to diversify the staff, faculty, and the student body. In the pursuit of a value termed "inclusive excellence," the university is told to shift toward "avoiding over-reliance on indicators of excellence that systematically favor historically dominant groups."
The 46-person task force also recommends the creation of either or both a center of Inclusion and Belonging, or of Identity, Politics, and Culture.