Welcome to Our Rope Teams: Find Your CORE (Connection, Opportunity, Resource, Experience) Hubs Based on Your Interests or Identities 

We are thrilled to offer you an additional place to connect with members of the Excelsior University community and to engage in opportunities relevant to your areas of interest or to how you identify. In this space you will find supportive rope teams on which you can lean to enhance your access to connections, opportunities, resources, and experiences that can help you succeed at Excelsior and beyond, based on the identities, allyships, or career paths that matter to you. You can visit and participate in as many of these rope teams as you’d like. 

We call them “rope teams” because these communities are here to support your student and alum journey, as well as to provide you with an opportunity to support the journey of those you want to help succeed. The term “rope team” comes from the world of climbing, which can be dangerous depending on the height and kind of rock or mountain you are ascending. Climbing with a team in which all members are connected by a rope ensures everyone’s safety; if you fall, the team will hold you and, if a teammate falls, you and the rest of the team will hold them. All challenges, like climbing a mountain, are much easier to overcome if we are doing it with others. As veteran Gretchen Evans, who serves as an Excelsior University trustee, powerfully recommends: find your rope team to succeed and to support the success of others!   

At Excelsior University, we believe that we are in the business of working with our students and community members to facilitate and support their opportunities for leadership growth and powerful contributions to the workplace and society. Unfortunately, many of our current societal challenges have become systemic and most of them seem to have come to a defining crossroads (think of global warming, social injustice, international relations, systemic poverty, and many others). Based on research, we know that our ability to respond to these systemic challenges lies in our capacity to leverage our diversity of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, ideas, and skills, and to use them as strategic assets to our organizational, social, and governmental decision-making and performance. 

In response, Excelsior University has created identity/allyship and career rope teams for the following five purposes: 

  • To level the plain and bring equity to the experience of underprivileged students and alums.  
  • To curate connections, opportunities, and resources based on the identities, allyships, and careers that matter to you, to community members, and to those you are interested in supporting.  
  • To further integrate the student experience, strategically linking the networks, experiences and support relevant to them, to you and to the community around you. 
  • To engage all community stakeholders in supporting the preparation of leaders (one of our most important societal endeavors). 
  • To offer you 365/24/7 access to connections, opportunities, and resources related to your interests, needs, and success, at your own time, place, and pace. 

We are strongly looking forward to your participation in any of the rope teams that interest you and to interacting with you in their corresponding conversations and programs! To visit any of them at any time and access their corresponding networks, opportunities, and resources, go to communities.excelsior.edu. In the platform, you will also be able to log in and set your content and frequency preferences to receive an individualized newsletter with connections, opportunities, and/or resources in your areas of interest.  

See you in the rope teams that matter to you! 

DANIEL PASCOE AGUILAR Fndg. Director of Ctr. for Social Justice & CDO