Charge for Racial Equity & Inclusion
Grand Valley State University acknowledges the hurt, anger, fear, and distrust that many of our Black faculty, staff, students, and administrators must feel following the reprehensible killing of George Floyd and the ongoing racial and social injustice that exists in our society.
We also acknowledge that the well-being of our entire community rests on fulfilling the elemental promise that every member of our campus community is welcomed, supported, respected, and valued. As an institution that educates the next generation of leaders, we will fail them, our communities, and ourselves if we do not act when we know that more than words are expected of us.
Learn. Understand. Act. Lead. The following are some of the ways Grand Valley will realize those standards against which we must be measured.
We must elevate the voices and experiences of our Black faculty, staff, and students.
We must listen carefully, valuing each member of our community.
We must fulfill our goals for inclusion and equity.
We must all deepen our understanding and knowledge through education.
We must then use this knowledge as the basis for understanding and addressing institutional and systemic racism and oppression to make meaningful change.
Refocus & Repositioning (April 2021)
While several of the 15-point plan charges have been completed or are underway, the Network of Advisors has provided feedback that a restructuring of the work should be part of our next phase, including a refinement, and in some areas, expansion of the original charges. Phase 2 will focus on four Commitment Areas, with each Commitment Area overseen by one or more executive officers and led by teams and sub-teams comprised of subject-matter experts. Each team has been asked to:
- As it is helpful, inventory and capture other university efforts for coordination within area.
- Identify 3-5 recommendations within the area by June 30, 2021, which may include:
- Identify problems and/or opportunities and feasible solutions.
- Draft recommendations that advance problems and/or opportunities.
- Draft proposals for prototypes or initiatives (these can be brief and high-level or can be done in the next phase of work or assigned to specific offices as part of recommendations).
- Rank proposals in priority order, associate a timetable, and identify resourcing needed.
- Review and refine initial high-level goal(s) for each area; further develop goal(s), establish benchmark, metrics, and timeline (yearly or twice-yearly to Summer 2025). These can be high-level or detailed and offer areas for consideration.
Later in summer 2021, the Network will identify additional commitment areas and/or continue further work in these areas.