St. Olaf College challenges students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.
Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls
as well as a quantitative change in our lives.
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom”
Ebony (October 1966)
To be a neighbor means to seek to understand and serve people, communities and their needs. In the global and local communities in which our students move, they care for the people, space and ecology of a neighborhood; …[Lutheran colleges and universities] work toward a common good.
– “Rooted and Open: The Common Calling
of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities” (January 2018)
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a beloved, diverse, community created through a “qualitative change in our souls,” St. Olaf College joyfully embraces diversity among its students, staff and faculty members, and alumni. “Rooted and Open” calls us to see ourselves both as the neighbor and as serving our neighbors. In both capacities, we work to build a community where all can thrive and find meaningful belonging. Members of the college community uplift and engage in mutual education about our diversity—such as race, religion and faith tradition, background and circumstance, gender and gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, differences in ability, political outlook, belief and perspective, and other elements of core identity—and recognize the part that each of us plays in ensuring that St. Olaf is a diverse and beloved community.
St. Olaf achieves this vision through
St. Olaf Board of Regents Chair Larry Stranghoener and President David Anderson have charged the Council:
To assist in the development and monitoring of the College’s strategic equity and inclusion plans and metrics, advise the administration on the implementation of the recommendations contained in this report [of the Working Group on Equity and Inclusion], connect disparate efforts across campus, and serve as a resource for academic and administrative departments. The Council should report annually to the President and Board of Regents.
Immediate Work of the Council on Equity and Inclusion
Principles for Council’s work
The Council’s Pledge to the Campus Community
The members of the St. Olaf Council on Equity and Inclusion pledge to the campus community—students, alumni, faculty and staff members, college leadership, and the Board of Regents—to: