At St. Lawrence University, we strive to become a community that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive; a community in which all members can flourish. Like most academic institutions, however, St. Lawrence is in the process of “becoming”. We recognize that we are not yet the institution we hope to be. We know from the 2018 Campus Climate Survey for Diversity & Inclusion, as well as from focus groups conducted throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, that, while we are making progress, there is still much work that needs to be done. In order for our inclusion goals to be realized, the path forward needs to be mapped with intentionality. For this reason, using the information gleaned from the 2018 Campus Climate Survey, the 2019-2020 focus groups, data from the 2014 Presidential Commission on Diversity Report, and feedback obtained from students, faculty, and staff during open forums conducted in 2019 and 2020, the University Diversity Committee has developed this Strategic Action Plan for Diversity & Inclusion.
The Strategic Action Plan for Diversity & Inclusion is a living document. The University Diversity Committee is proposing a series of actions and interventions designed to raise awareness and improve the climate for inclusion. We realize, however, that some of the actions we propose may ultimately take longer to accomplish. We may also come up with different ideas as time passes, which could mean that we move to longer-term actions more quickly.
The Strategic Action Plan is organized around five themes:
- Cultivate an inclusive community university-wide
- Expand the diversity of our community with bold recruitment efforts
- Foster a campus culture of inclusion by improving retention
- Infuse diversity and inclusion throughout the curricular and co-curricular programs
- Connect community members across different social identities
We describe each of the themes below, and include a quotation tying the plan to the University Diversity Statement. For each theme, three levels of interventions are proposed:
- Short-term: Actions that can likely be undertaken within the next 1 to 1.5 years
- Intermediate-term: Actions that can likely be undertaken within the next 2-3 years
- Long-term: Actions that can be undertaken within the next 4-5 years.
Overall success of this plan will be assessed via a Campus Climate Survey to be conducted during 2022-2023 academic year, with short-term assessments for each theme outlined after each section.
Our ultimate goal is to press forward, one step at a time, and build upon our successes while addressing the challenges we encounter. We are committed to remaining open and optimistic as community members share their experiences and present ideas for solutions.
Last Updated: February 2021