Inclusion is the active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity. Such engagement involves individual relationships as well as connections that are made through the curriculum, in co-curricular activities, and in broader communities where the basis of belonging may be intellectual, social, cultural or geographic, as well as connectedness based on affinity and common interests. Inclusion is a mindset that encourages learning communities to initiate positive ways to increase awareness of cultural differences and to promote a welcoming climate for everyone.
Inclusion requires us to acquire both general and specific knowledge of other cultures and to develop an emphatic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact with people, systems, and institutions. Inclusion and cultural competence promote cross-cultural understanding.