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Defending inclusive excellence at Arizona public universities

Arizona State University and it’s 12,000 students in downtown Phoenix have added growth and vibrancy of the area. PHOTO BY ANDREW HOWARD/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES

I understand the relationship between inclusivity and excellence quite differently. The ASU charter is anchored by a phrase that many of us in the ASU community can recite by heart: our university measures its excellence “not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes, and how they succeed.” More of us who value our public universities need to stand up to defend the liberatory ideals expressed in this statement.

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