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Strategic Plan for Center for Women and Gender Equity

Context For Planning

As the Center for Women and Gender Equity has moved Divisions (from Inclusion and Equity to Enrollment Development) we have engaged in retreats, and strategic planning sessions to better align our work with this Division, and to reflect our work.

Mission

Mission To create meaningful learning about gender and to advocate for gender justice through the education, engagement, and empowerment of students and the greater GVSU community. 


Vision The Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity envisions a world where gender justice is a reality and all forms of oppression are eradicated. As such, we offer the most comprehensive and progressive programs, services, and initiatives. Defining Gender Justice The Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity defines gender justice as an ongoing process, rooted in intersectionality, to dismantle systems of oppression in all spheres. 

Core Values The work of the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity is an outward demonstration of our values. In all aspects - our daily work, our programming, our advocacy and activism - we strive to make these values visible. They serve as benchmarks for helping us constantly improve. 

Inclusivity: We are committed to creating environments in which any individual or group feels welcomed, respected, supported, and valued while supporting all learners in ways that honor and respect their diverse differences and embracing the complexities of our multiple and intersecting identities. Collaboration: At the core of our work lies our relationships with the campus and broader communities. We work to build a meaningful institution that is learner-ready. 

Advocacy: We work using a lens of transformation, as individuals and within institutions, to give voice and remove barriers to equity. We recognize that access is distributed in inequitable ways, and strive to make opportunities and resources genuinely available and accessible to all. 

Activism: As catalysts for social change, we empower others and engage in intentional actions designed to improve the lives of people, communities and societies. We view the local, state and global community as integral partners in providing educational opportunities for our learners 

Student-Centered: It is our priority to learn from and with students and to partner with them in their lifelong learning, as such it is essential we work alongside the University to recruit, admit, retain, and graduate a diverse learner population and seek equitable outcomes as the goal. 

Celebration: We practice the ritual of celebration to recognize individuals and communities as we strive to reach our collective potential, engaging in abundance thinking about our diverse learners and their varied gifts, and being mindful to include all populations. 

Learning: We create and implement high impact educational practices that bridge research, theory and practice and create gender justice engagement opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community. 

Mentorship: We are committed to providing developmental partnerships, both formally and informally, to enhance personal and professional growth as well support the learning environment 

Systems Change: we place learners’ welfare ahead of other institutional goals by advocating for their needs, encouraging the progressive and thoughtful gathering and application of data, and advocating for the removal of barriers.

Vision

Vision The Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity envisions a world where gender justice is a reality and all forms of oppression are eradicated. As such, we offer the most comprehensive and progressive programs, services, and initiatives. Defining Gender Justice The Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity defines gender justice as an ongoing process, rooted in intersectionality, to dismantle systems of oppression in all spheres.

Value Statement

Core Values  

The work of the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity is an outward demonstration of our values. In all aspects - our daily work, our programming, our advocacy and activism - we strive to make these values visible. They serve as benchmarks for helping us constantly improve. 
Inclusivity: We are committed to creating environments in which any individual or group feels welcomed, respected, supported, and valued while supporting all learners in ways that honor and respect their diverse differences and embracing the complexities of our multiple and intersecting identities. 
Collaboration: At the core of our work lies our relationships with the campus and broader communities. We work to build a meaningful institution that is learner-ready. 
Advocacy: We work using a lens of transformation, as individuals and within institutions, to give voice and remove barriers to equity. We recognize that access is distributed in inequitable ways, and strive to make opportunities and resources genuinely available and accessible to all. 
Activism: As catalysts for social change, we empower others and engage in intentional actions designed to improve the lives of people, communities and societies. We view the local, state and global community as integral partners in providing educational opportunities for our learners 
Student-Centered: It is our priority to learn from and with students and to partner with them in their lifelong learning, as such it is essential we work alongside the University to recruit, admit, retain, and graduate a diverse learner population and seek equitable outcomes as the goal. 
Celebration: We practice the ritual of celebration to recognize individuals and communities as we strive to reach our collective potential, engaging in abundance thinking about our diverse learners and their varied gifts, and being mindful to include all populations. 
Learning: We create and implement high impact educational practices that bridge research, theory and practice and create gender justice engagement opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community. 
Mentorship: We are committed to providing developmental partnerships, both formally and informally, to enhance personal and professional growth as well support the learning environment

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

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