Blueprint for Progress 2017-2020

President’s Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

With a commitment to becoming a more just liberal arts learning community, Gustavus Adolphus College pledges to grow into the 21st century as one committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our shared vision will lead and challenge us as we seek to serve and lead in society. That vision is:

Guided by the College’s mission, Gustavus Adolphus College intentionally fosters an inclusive and equitable community of diverse people who are safe, included, valued, heard, and challenged in solidarity for the common good.

The Blueprint for Progress will center on primary expectations in four areas of focus. Each area of focus will include recommendations for policies and practices that guarantee full participation, education and research that empowers individuals to self-determination, and fair access to resources to ensure both.

Each area of focus will have various action steps. All blueprint goals align with the Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan and will integrate to achieve our corporate vision. Likewise, each area of focus must consider all constituencies in the Gustavus community to ensure a comprehensive and collaborative environment where each community member can identify their opportunity t­o support the institution’s commitment to an inclusive and equitable community.

The primary expectations for the Blueprint for Progress are:

  • Gustavus Adolphus College will develop policies, practices, and resource allocation to establish an inclusive community through a process of transformative equity. Transformative equity shifts us from historic and present cultural inequities to fair and inclusive access for all community members. It does this through the identification, examination, and dismantling of institutional, structural, and cultural barriers.
  • As a member of the Gustavus community, each person will be committed to develop and exhibit an evolving understanding of personal identity, intersectionality, and shared responsibility for the common good.
  • Each person will embrace our shared responsibility to be an inclusive community and will interact holistically with people and communities who are different from themselves.

The areas of focus for the Blueprint for Progress are:

Teaching, Research, and Learning

Recruitment and Retention

Safety and Security

Institutional Structure and Governance