Theory of Transformation

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.

OVERVIEW

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.

Diagram of the theory of transformation and action domains

ASPIRATIONS

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.

Diversity

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The diversity of students, faculty, and staff will reflect that of the population of prospective students we seek to serve.

Equity

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Inclusion

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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.

Anti-Racism

Learn More ➤Students, faculty, and staff will demonstrate values, knowledge, and skills for identifying and dismantling racist structures, systems, and behaviors.

ACTIONS

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.

Core Experiences

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

Curriculum and Pedagogy

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Co-Curriculum

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Residential Life and Workplace Environment

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Mentoring and Student Support

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Capacity-Building Experiences

The actions we take to strengthen our community’s knowledge, skills, and commitments for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in Core Experiences

Recruitment and Hiring/Enrollment

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Orientation and On-Boarding

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Training, Professional Development, and Scholarship

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Student and Employee Policies and Practices

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Systemic Support

The actions we take to fund, organize, evaluate, improve, and communicate our DEI work in both Core and Capacity-Building Experiences

Financial Resources

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Staffing and Organizational Structure

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Planning and Assessment

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Visual and Verbal Communication

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