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Inclusive excellence

Improving health for all


At the College of Health Solutions, we are focused on improving the health of the communities we serve. Every student, every faculty and staff member, every individual and community member should have the opportunity for better health throughout their lifespan. To improve health, we must embrace and support inclusive excellence in everything we do, including teaching, research and service. We are committed to doing better. You are welcome at the College of Health Solutions, and this is what you can expect from us.  


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Commitments to inclusive excellence

Consistent with the ASU charter:




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Current initiatives

Formed in response to ongoing discrimination against underrepresented and historically marginalized groups, the Council for Inclusive Excellence is now a permanent part of the College of Health Solutions, directing initiatives at the college and serving as an advisory board to college leadership. 

The Council for Inclusive Excellence aims to:

  • Diversify recruiting of faculty, staff, students and community partners.
  • Integrate values of inclusive excellence into onboarding, training and mentoring of all faculty and staff. 
  • Develop an inclusive teaching and learning environment to integrate diverse perspectives into the academic experience.
  • Compile and distribute relevant data, including diversity metrics and benchmarking. 

Our goal as a college is to reflect the diversity of communities we serve and partner with. We continue to work to increase underrepresented communities in our student, staff and faculty populations, while making structural changes that will continue to attract and support a broad range of talented individuals.

It is crucial to retain talented, valuable, and motivated employees so we can preserve institutional knowledge and strengthen teamwork and community. Fostering a diverse culture, providing for upward mobility, and properly leveraging employee and student strengths will help us advance this objective.

People learn and work best when they feel safe, connected, and welcome. Through our events, encouraging use of resources, and community engagement, we strive to create a culture that not only supports and values differences, but celebrates them as necessary to the fabric of our college.

We are committed to shaping the next generation of leaders to be lifelong learners and conscious citizens by incorporating the values of inclusion into curricula, research and instructional design.

Community support statements

Adapted from and shared with permission from ASU’s University Technology Office.

The College of Health Solutions affirms that Black lives matter and pledges to actively work towards dismantling racism, bigotry and hatred toward people of color in all its forms.

We are dedicated to creating a safe space for all perspectives, valuing all contributions, which will become embedded in our evolving culture to realize the vision, mission and values of the College of Health Solutions and the mission and charter of Arizona State University.

We will engage in continuous education, seeking new ideas and taking actions that advance racial justice and will honestly share our thinking, especially acknowledging when we don't know or understand. We will expand our own understanding and practices by empowering diverse ideas and voices.

We will increase the diversity of the administration, faculty, staff and student populations to reflect the communities we serve.

We will maximize leadership, development and advancement opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds, abilities and perspectives to ensure opportunities are available to all.

We will strive to be inclusive as we engage in teaching, research and community outreach.

We will increase our knowledge and understanding of systemic racism in health and health care which ultimately impacts health outcomes in communities of color.

We are committed to nurturing, mentoring and supporting the development of people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, color, language, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, religion, socio-economic status, qualified veteran status, age, skill sets, thinking styles and physical and mental ability.

We pledge to actively work towards dismantling racism, bigotry and hatred toward people of color in all its forms.

The College of Health Solutions stands in solidarity with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in denouncing recent violent attacks against these communities and recognizes the serious mental, emotional and physical health implications and trauma caused by these xenophobic and misogynistic acts of hate. The college continues to join with people of color and other marginalized groups in the fight for racial and social equity, promotion of just policies, equitable distribution of resources, inclusive practices and systems and structures that accommodate our community's diverse reality. We acknowledge the centuries-long struggle in which all of these communities are engaged and we are committed to helping bring about an end to the long history of violence, both direct and systemic, perpetrated against them.

As President Crow shared in his communication on March 19, 2021 on violence against Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, “We also must continue to confront and condemn hate crimes, racist behavior, discrimination and gender violence and attacks — in all forms and wherever found — and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions.” We stand with fellow Sun Devils having no tolerance for such behaviors. 


ASU offers counseling services for our students, available at any time, as well as counseling and wellness services for employees. For additional information and support, view the Stop AAPI Hate in Arizona: A Resource Guide for Our Students and Community, curated by the Asian Pacific American Studies faculty at ASU.

Shared with permission from the ASU Library. Learn about the development of this text.

ASU’s College of Health Solutions acknowledges the 22 Native nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. The College of Health Solutions acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. As a college, we strive for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary health practice. The College of Health Solutions welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh and all Native nations.



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Working together

The College of Health Solutions is actively involved with the larger ASU community in its commitment to supporting inclusive excellence. Read about ASU’s commitment to Black students, faculty and staff. 

Interested in learning more or getting involved with the Council for Inclusive Excellence initiatives? Please contact us at




College of Health Solutions facts and figures (fall 2023) 

Student demographics


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Two or more races


American Indian/Alaska Native




Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander



* Includes students who self-identify as Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, as well as students in the “two or more races” category who belong to at least one of the above categories.

First generation (Full-time first-year students)**


First generation


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** Self-reported by students.

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Two or more races


American Indian/Alaska Native


Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander