About Becoming Community


We now are called to transformative inclusion, which encompasses both diversity and the call and imperative of community. Our current language of inclusion implies that those on the outside will join those already on the inside, with the implicit expectation that they will adopt or adapt to already established norms.

Transformation, by contrast, deconstructs the center in interaction with newcomers, so that the voices, experiences, and cultures of all community members are reflected in institutional norms and self‐understanding.

We plan to undertake and model an intentional practice of community formation based in transformative, rather than primarily reactive and additive, inclusion.

The project will involve a cycle of learning, practicing, teaching, and sharing, to ensure that we embed inclusion deeply and widely on campus and share what we learn with others.


Phase 1:

  • Continue and extend the work of our current Mellon grants with CSB/SJU faculty.
  • Develop and implement an interdisciplinary professional development model for transformative inclusion across campus.
  • Identify best practices to support the recruitment, hiring, and mentoring of faculty from underrepresented groups.

Phase 2:

  • Reform our practice of community on campus to reflect the dispositional and paradigm shifts toward transformative inclusion.
  • Demonstrate measurable progress and outcomes as a result of becoming a transformationally inclusive community.
  • Serve as a convener in the region as it relates to creating and sustaining transformational inclusion structures to support equity and justice in the local community.

Phase 3:

  • Structurally implement the methods of transformative inclusion that the earlier phases will have revealed.
  • Disseminate our learning to others in higher education who seek systemic transformation and lasting substantive change as it relates to inclusion.