The Framework for Inclusion and Equity at GVSU is intended to articulate the university’s understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The framework calls for a multifaceted and coordinated approach that focuses on: the diversity of our community (equity), the environment we create for our community (campus climate), and the development and learning of members of our community (curriculum and training).
The framework encourages the campus to embrace a social justice and intersectional identity approach to its diversity, equity, and inclusion work moving forward, and highlights a continued need to be strategic and accountable. Grand Valley, as a complex social system, is neither immune to the impact nor the root causes of systemic inequality and while these dynamics are not always under the university’s direct control, the Framework for Equity and Inclusion at GVSU provides necessary accountability to ensure even greater progress for all communities. An intersectional identity approach considers and affirms the role of multiple identities with relationship to various social contexts and interlocking systems of power, privilege, and oppression in shaping experiences of our community members and requires intentional efforts across identity groups. All of this work will be guided by thoughtful planning and be evidence-based, data-driven and action-oriented.
The Division of Inclusion and Equity takes a leadership role in advancing this Framework for Inclusion and Equity through its divisional strategic plan, the participation of the entire campus is essential to its success. The Framework for Equity and Inclusion guides the identification of strategic priorities for the Division of Inclusion and Equity for each academic year through 2021.
While the Division of Inclusion and Equity takes a leadership role in advancing this Framework for Equity and Inclusion through its divisional strategic plan, the participation of the entire campus is essential to its success. Equity and inclusion makes each member of our community better and is fundamental to what it means to be a Laker. These documents are dynamic and living documents, open for comment and reflection. All members of the community are encouraged to share support, critiques, recommendations, comments, and/or questions here.