Annual Faculty and Staff Learning Symposium

“Inclusive Excellence” is the theme for the 4th Annual Learning Symposium.

As an institution, the goal of inclusive excellence is to be, borrowing from D. A. Williams, “strategically well positioned to meet the needs of a changing world and embrace a culture that views diversity as fundamental to organizational success, effectiveness and excellence” Further, AAC&U advances an operational definition of inclusive excellence composed of four primary elements:

1) A focus on student intellectual and social development;

2) A purposeful development and utilization of organizational resources to enhance student learning;

3) Attention to the cultural differences learners bring to the educational experience and that enhance the enterprise;

4) A welcoming community that engages all of its diversity in the service of the student and organizational learning.

Thus, this year’s symposium is intended to extend and focus the conversations we have been having over the past year about our campus climate. It seeks proposals that that feature either what we are currently doing (but need to expand) or what we should be doing (best practices) to enhance diversity and inclusivity at Drake.

Session One Descriptions

Session Two Descriptions


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration, Continental breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome – President Martin, Provost Mattison
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Campus Climate - Melissa Sturm-Smith, Renee Cramer, Michael Couvillon
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session One
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Poster Session / Break
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Session Two
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Presentation - Guest Speaker


Drake University Office of Sponsored Programs

The Drake Office of Sponsored Programs provides support to Drake faculty, staff and students wishing to apply for external grants.

Drake Grant Programs

Drake University sponsors several grant programs that provide support for research, faculty development, curricular and student support and other activities related to Drake's Mission and Strategic Plan.

University News
April 29, 2016
When Brytani Cavil addresses Drake University’s graduating class of 2016 as the top graduating senior, she aims to inspire more than her fellow students. She hopes to set an example for her two-year-old twins.