Inclusive Excellence

As reflected in our mission and core values, at Radford University we believe in building a robust community of empowered faculty, staff and students that value and celebrate our diversity of cultures, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We seek to cultivate a culture of inclusive excellence where all voices are embraced, valued, respected, and integrated into the fabric of our community.

The Office of Academic Programs includes a broad array of faculty and academic support programs and initiatives. We seek to live inclusive excellence in our work through internal initiatives, activities and partnering with others across campus. These initiatives and activities align with goals articulated in our strategic plan. 

Strategic Enrollment Growth Goal 8, Strategy A: Align student recruitment, academic outreach and retention activities to enhance access, inclusiveness and student success.

Student Success Goal 1, Strategy D: Engage with nationally recognized experts in diversity, access and equity literacy to create a diversity policy and a training center for faculty development.

Student Success Goal 2, Strategy A: Promote cultural programming (arts, international, diversity, etc.) that encourages students, faculty and staff to actively engage with and understand different cultural viewpoints.


Inclusion Initiatives

The work of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is multifaceted, layered, and continuous. The Academic Programs Office and units recognize that education and support are critical elements of our work. We support and partner with initiatives across divisions to move forward in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more about some campus initatives by clicking on the tiles below.


Inclusion Offices

The following offices and centers focus on inclusion at Radford University. These units provide resources and support for our campus community. More information about diversity education and resources can be found by clicking on the tiles below.


  1. Students lead peaceful event for justice  »


    Messages of peace, as well as respect and unity, filled the campus of Radford University on Saturday, September 19, 2020, during The Bigger Picture March and Rally, a student-led and student-organized event.

  2. Highlanders help Southwest Virginia during MLK Jr. Day of Service »


    Four hundred and twenty student, faculty and staff volunteers dispersed across the New River and Roanoke valleys as part of Radford University's seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

  3. Radford University selects Ismael J. Betancourt as chief global officer »


    Radford University has selected Ismael J. Betancourt to serve as the University’s Assistant Provost for Global Education and Engagement.  

  4. Institutional Effectiveness Day highlights value of diversity, equity and excellence to powerful student experience »


    More than 100 Radford University faculty and staff convened on Aug. 19, 2019 for Institutional Effectiveness Day, a tradition to renew the University focus on continued quality improvement and student success.  

  5. Radford nursing students cross Pacific Ocean for transformative experiences »


    Seven Radford University nursing students and faculty explored international healthcare during a 23-day study abroad experience to South Korea and Taiwan.

  6. Radford University welcomes Governor’s School and elite students »


    The pride of Virginia’s youth convened on June 23 at Radford University for the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities.