Creating more inclusion and equity within an organization is dependent on both learning and action. It requires working internally to learn about ourselves—our multiple identities, values, biases and world-views—before we can shift outwardly to identify the systems that create privilege for some and disparate outcomes for others. Ultimately, organizations will learn how to apply this knowledge to shape culture and climate, thus motivating action. The Inclusion and Equity Institute at Grand Valley State University is your partner in cultivating rich learning environments, meaningful relationships and a comprehensive strategy for meeting your desired goals and outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
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.