Cultivate: Building Capacity to Lead for Equity

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About the Program

According to the 2015 myGVSU Climate Survey, people of color had greater levels of employee dissatisfaction. Furthermore, the majority of respondents to the survey indicated that Grand Valley should provide more diversity education and training for faculty and individuals at the leadership level.

CULTIVATE is an inclusive leadership development program for faculty/staff at Grand Valley State University. It offers a unique approach to leadership development by focusing on essential skills and competencies leaders need in higher education— through a lens of inclusion and equity. This is an intensive cohort model with a structured curriculum with sessions designed to build upon one another. Curriculum will feature the combination of evidence-based research and practical application.

Participants are invited to:

Think critically about how identity impacts leadership, relationships and decision making.


Gain knowledge and understanding of inclusion and equity theories and models that broaden our understanding of leadership.


Develop ways to foster growth of oneself and others by recognizing social and cultural context.


Foster the skills to transform organizational culture to maximize capacity for inclusion and equity while recognizing the influence of external societal systems.


Apply inclusion and equity learning to a specific program, policy, practice or initiative over which you have influence.

Time Commitment:

CULTIVATE is 4 hours/month (September-April) and 32 hours total. Participants must be able to attend sessions from 1pm-5pm on Fridays (9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7, 1/11, 2/1, 3/1, and 4/5). The program will rotate between the Allendale and Pew campuses.

Our 2018 Cohort is finalized and underway! Stay tuned for more information in regards to next year's application process. 

With an intersectional social justice framework as foundational aspect of our work, The Social Justice Education Program provides integrative educational experiences for students, faculty, and staff to facilitate critical dialogue around race, gender, sexuality, social justice, and the interplay of identity, power, privilege, and oppression. We nurture collaborative partnerships to foster an inclusive campus environment through student engagement, community building and identity-conscious leadership development. The program also provides advocacy and support for students, faculty and staff experiencing interpersonal, intrapersonal and systemic oppression through connecting them with campus resources.  

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