Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
President Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863
President Lincoln’s reminder of our nation’s founding principles provides a context for preparing our students for the unfinished work of civil rights and social justice. We will cultivate a diverse, inclusive and welcoming campus community that inspires a sense of social responsibility and enables our students to thrive in and contribute productively to an increasingly diverse and globally interconnected society.
Goal #1: Increase the engagement of students, faculty and staff in issues of social justice through the Center for Public Service.
- Establish closer links between the Academic Division and the Center for Public Service (CPS), supporting faculty who are interested in developing courses that include community-based learning and research.
- Increase opportunities for students to engage in CPS immersion programs and summer fellowships that deepen understanding of social justice issues.
- Enhance campus-community collaborations related to food justice, immigration, education, and poverty.
- Encourage participation in social justice education, including dialogue groups, workshops, SURGE, and social justice institutes.
- Enhance support for student leadership training and development in social justice/community-based programs.
Goal #2: Increase the domestic and international diversity of our students, faculty and staff.
- Expand and support the student enrollment and retention plans for domestic and international diversity.
- Explore new enrollment strategies, including increased admission of transfer students.
- Implement an inclusion partner program to strengthen both faculty and staff hiring processes.
- Review College employee benefits, services, and policies to strengthen inclusive hiring and retention practices.
Goal #3: Enhance the educational climate through the utilization of climate data and an institutional approach to cultural change.
- Enhance the intercultural competence of our students, faculty and staff through campus programming, professional development opportunities, and the use of tools such as the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).
- Implement faculty development programs to promote inclusive excellence in teaching, with a particular focus on improvement of the classroom climate for underrepresented students.
- Implement faculty development programs to enhance advising and mentoring of students and faculty colleagues from underrepresented groups, and recognize that work.
- Restructure the Intercultural Resource Center into an Office of Multicultural Engagement that will enhance diversity and inclusion programming for the campus community and mentoring for underrepresented students.
- Restructure the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to better meet the needs of all students and to support their healthy spiritual development.
- Increase support for first-generation college students and for those in our community who have disabilities (including learning differences), who are heritage language learners, and for whom English is a secondary language.
- Provide strong support to LGBTQ students.
- Promote freedom of expression and civil discourse through thoughtful adherence to our institutional policies and appropriate and effective response to bias incidents.
Goal #4: Expand the number of domestic and international diversity courses and infuse more diverse perspectives into courses across all academic departments and programs.
- Promote the development of new domestic and international diversity courses and the integration of diverse perspectives into existing courses through faculty development programs sponsored by the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Provost.
- Assure that departmental and program learning goals incorporate diverse perspectives and assess the effectiveness of departmental and program curricula in meeting those goals.
- Incorporate curricular diversity considerations in periodic reviews of academic departments and programs.
Goal #5: Align physical structures and spaces on campus with priorities to support an inclusive community, a global perspective, and an international outlook.
- Complete fundraising and renovation of Plank as a global learning center that connects Gettysburg to the world and the world to Gettysburg.
- Relocate the Office of Multicultural Engagement to a more central location on campus.
- Facilitate connections among our various communities when planning for new construction or significant renovations of College facilities, including the incorporation of themes and symbols of domestic and international diversity.
- Provide enhanced space for international student housing and international student programs.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to address a range of ADA issues including enhancements to facilities accessibility, technology, and websites.