Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Greta Knigga-Daugherty, lecturer in Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, uses American Sign Language to spell App State. Photos by Marie Freeman

Dr. Greta Knigga-Daugherty, lecturer in Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, uses American Sign Language to spell App State. Photos by Marie Freeman

Beaver College of Health Sciences — Statement on Inclusive Excellence

The Beaver College of Health Sciences is committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all of our students, faculty, staff and the communities we serve. As a college of health sciences, we strive to achieve an improved understanding of health disparities and available interventions to eliminate those disparities. We acknowledge that racism and social injustice are strong negative determinants of good health — both physically and mentally — and are antithetical to our values as a collegial body.

We aspire first and foremost to create an inclusive environment for student learning and professional development. Through our teaching, research, professional practice and daily interactions, we prioritize:

  • Inclusiveness as an essential component of a healthy environment.

  • Cultural sensitivity, awareness and humility as realistic, attainable goals.

  • Recognition of the value and intersectionality of each person as being critical to the achievement of inclusivity.

  • Creation of an inclusive environment as everyone’s responsibility.

  • Personal commitment and resources that are necessary to create and sustain an environment that fosters a culture of inclusiveness.

  • Equitable access to resources and opportunities to enhance academic achievement. 

  • Acknowledgment of disparities related to race, ethnicity, class, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Our work is ongoing; we are all learners. The Beaver College of Health Sciences encourages an ongoing dialogue among students, faculty and staff about this commitment.

Beaver College of Health Sciences Goals / Initiatives Spring 2021

Meet our team

Message from the Beaver College of Health Sciences Inclusive Excellence Liaisons

Antiracist Actions for BCHS Faculty and Staff - June 2020