Igniting Action And Inspiring Transformation


The GVSU I&E Institute strives to further the inclusion and equity goals of people, organizations and communities - locally, regionally and nationally.  Our process involves walking and working alongside others to cultivate rich learning environments and meaningful outcomes, grounded in agency and action.  Our facilitators are a diverse group of academics, practitioners, community leaders and advocates who are passionate and committed to engaging in ways that result in social justice transformation.

Our Mission

We strive to further the diversity, inclusion and equity goals of people, organizations and communities locally, regionally and nationally. The values of inclusion and equity are core to the university’s mission, and, as part of its commitment to public service, the Inclusion and Equity Institute at Grand Valley State University views educational outreach as part of the institution’s role in serving the “public good.” Our work is intended to create the learning conditions for transformation to occur. The institute does this through collaborative partnerships and creates custom programs to uniquely meet desired goals and outcomes.

Status Quo
Cultivating Growth

We foster meaningful, authentic dialogue around issues that enable or impede progress toward inclusion and equity. These shared learning spaces are centered in humility, creating radically candid communication that cultivates growth and development.

Opening Minds

We offer opportunities for self-reflection and personal assessment, highlighting attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that make evident the dynamics of unconscious bias and systemic oppression. 

Breaking Molds

We stimulate the ability of organizations to imagine themselves differently and to move toward a desired future. In doing so, we close the gap between who people and organizations say they are and how they are experienced by others.

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