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Organizational Change Consultants

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Organizational Change Consultants

Inclusive Professional Framework

What is the Inclusive Professional Framework (IPF)?

The IPF identifies three core domains – Identity, Intercultural, and Relational – which underlie inclusive professional practices. The IPF provides a set of skills in the three domains that can be applied to inclusive practices across context and roles. These skills also contribute to health and well-being and inclusive climates within institutions and organizations.

Watch this video for an overview from the Aspire National Change co-leaders Robin Greenler and Don Gillian-Daniel. They discuss the Inclusive Professional Framework, its applications, and possibilities for translation to other contexts.

Domain-Based Skill Sets

5 overlapping circles with the letters "ID" for identity skill sets

Identity

Developing an awareness of self and others’ social and cultural identities, the intersectionality of those identities, and examining the role that identity plays in creating effective learning and working environments.

5 overlapping circles with the letters "INT" for intercultural skill sets

Intercultural

Developing an understanding of cultural differences in ways that enable effective interactions with others from different racial, ethnic, or social identity groups in both domestic and international contexts. 

5 overlapping circles with the letters "ID" for identity skill sets

Relational

Building one-on-one connection, trust and relationship through effective communication and relational skills, which support effective interpersonal interaction.

Application to Professional Contexts

Inclusive Professional Framework for Faculty

The IPF: Faculty promotes student success by providing a set of skills in the three domains – Identity, Intercultural, and Relational – that can be applied to inclusive practices across faculty roles such as teaching, research mentoring, advising, leadership, and colleagueship. These skills also contribute to health and well-being and inclusive climates within the institution

WHY care about the IPF: Faculty? Inclusive environments in faculty careers:

  • Foster underrepresented group (URG) student success
  • Close the achievement gap in URG STEM participation
5 overlapping circles and the phrase "Equity Mindset: Identity, Intercultural, Relational" at the center and 5 sets of arrows pointing out. Refer to long description for more explanation of the diagram
5 overlapping circles and the phrase "Equity Mindset: Identity awareness, Intercultural mindfulness" at the center. Refer to long description for more explanation of the diagram

Inclusive Professional Framework for Societies

The IPF: Societies promotes STEM culture DEI reform by providing a set of skills in the three domains – Identity Awareness, Intercultural Mindfulness, and Inclusive Relationships, plus a fourth domain – Influential Actions – that is informed by the specific functions performed by the society. This skill set can be applied to inclusive practices across society functions such as governance & leadership, membership, convenings, recognition, and professional development.

WHY care about the IPF: Societies? Professional and disciplinary societies:

  • Serve broad memberships
  • Help define disciplinary norms and culture
  • Inform accrediting bodies

Thus providing “excellent leverage with which to design and promote change” (NAP #11153).