Land Acknowledgement


We stand on the homelands of the Wahpekute Band of the Dakota Nation. We honor with gratitude the people who have stewarded the land throughout the generations and their ongoing contributions to this region. We acknowledge the ongoing injustices that we have committed against the Dakota Nation, and we wish to interrupt this legacy, beginning with acts of healing and honest storytelling about this place.

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Founded in 1874 to educate the immigrant, the first-generation student, women, and the working class, diversity, equity, and inclusion has been foundational to the mission of St. Olaf College. Today we continue to strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age to the Hill each day. While much progress has been made since the founding of the college, our aspirations for inclusive excellence must be ongoing, intentional, and transparent to everyone in our community, both in the present and future.

Theory of Transformation

The St. Olaf Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Theory of Transformation identifies and defines the outcomes we are striving for and the key “domains of action” for the work we are doing to achieve them. Our DEIA Theory of Transformation is being used to guide our DEI strategic plan, our analysis of student, faculty, and staff experience, our actions to become more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist, and our reporting back to the St. Olaf community.