The St. Olaf Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Theory of Transformation identifies and defines our DEI aspirations and the many ways we are working to realize them. We use the Theory to guide our DEI strategic planning; our analysis of student, faculty, and staff experiences; our actions to become more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist; and our reporting back to the St. Olaf community.
Below is a snapshot of the entire Theory. The top layer names our aspirations; we seek continued growth in our diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. The second layer describes the actions we take to realize these aspirations in the core experiences characterizing the everyday lives of our students, faculty, and staff. The third layer describes the capacity-building experiences we provide to strengthen our community’s knowledge, skills, and commitments in relation to our aspirations. The fourth layer describes the many types of systemic support required to fund, organize, evaluate, improve, and communicate our DEI work in both core and capacity-building experiences. Everything in each layer supports everything in the layers above it.
Where we are going
St. Olaf aspires to be a diverse and vibrant community where everyone thrives and everyone belongs. Below are our shared aspirations for becoming a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist community. Follow the “learn more” links for more information about the ways we are seeking to transform our community.
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The diversity of students, faculty, and staff will reflect that of the population of prospective students we seek to serve.
Learn More ➤Students, faculty, and staff of all identities will thrive through high-quality experiences and excellent outcomes.
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Students, faculty, and staff of all identities will express a strong sense of belonging, connection, and agency in relation to the college.
Learn More ➤Students, faculty, and staff will demonstrate values, knowledge, and skills for identifying and dismantling racist structures, systems, and behaviors.
How we are getting there
St. Olaf is working to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in every aspect of life and work at the college. Some actions affect the everyday core experiences of students, faculty, and staff; some are capacity-building experiences; and some provide systemic support for doing the work. Follow the “learn more” links in each Action domain below for a list of the key college-wide programs, policies, practices, and people powering our efforts.
The actions we take to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in the everyday educational, residential, and work experiences of St. Olaf students, faculty, and staff