Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

At Gustavus, we believe that our mission of preparing students for lives of leadership and service can only be fully realized by creating a campus culture of inclusion where everyone in our community can thrive. Our long-standing commitment to diversity at Gustavus is not just about understanding differences; it is also about embracing and celebrating our uniqueness.

Diversity is a fact. Equity is a choice. Inclusion is an action. Belonging is an outcome.— Arthur Chan


Progress is our Purpose

Our commitment to this work is an essential part of the institution. From Board of Trustees leadership to Presidential Task Forces to student involvement to the individual actions we take each day—our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging ecosystem touches all facets of life, learning, and leadership at Gustavus. This is not merely a set of initiatives that are meant to be checked off as being done. It consists of ongoing efforts done with intentionality. We believe continuous progress requires innovation, creativity, and unique perspectives. We’re proud of how far we have come, but we’re even more excited about where we’re going.

Ethnic Profile @ Gustavus

People Group Icon27  DEIB related student organizations
Globe Pinpoint Icon35  countries represented by international students
Classroom Icon9%  first generation college students
Mortar Board Head Icon21%  BIPOC faculty

Equity and Inclusion in Action

As a values-driven institution, we have a responsibility to be the change we want to see and help create a more equitable world. We recognize that this is hard work and will take time. Throughout this process, we’re committed to listening, learning, building relationships, and taking action.

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Nov 02

Dia de los Muertos

6:00pm |  Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE)

Doug Thompson, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, sitting on a bench on campus smiling.

We strive to foster an environment where people can be themselves, build community, and grow. We’re committed to cultivating a welcoming community where everyone feels a sense of belonging.
— Doug Thompson, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

The Ecosystem

Working Together, Every Way and Everywhere.

An ecosystem is a complex, interconnected, interacting network. Having a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and antiracist ecosystem at Gustavus means all Gusties feel a sense of belonging and have the opportunity to thrive.

Learn more about the Ecosystem

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Tools & Trainings for Learning

Continue on your diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging journey. Explore this resource list that covers topics such as race; inclusion; identity; anti-racism; allyship; gender; disabilities; and implicit bias.

We’re Listening and Want to Hear from You

Please share your thoughts and ideas as to how we can advance our work together. Do you have a recommendation on policy or procedure changes that should be implemented?

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