Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact recently began the process of making a concrete commitment to equity in our work and operations. Scroll down for more in-depth information on our process.
A key step for any organization in changing its culture and practice is to examine the values underlying it and intentionally set forth and hold ourselves accountable to values that promote the vision of the world we want to create.
- We embrace difference and complexity.
- We prioritize rigorous learning and reflection.
- We work to achieve full participation.
- We lean in to change.
The civic mission, as well as the future of higher education, depends upon our consistent and persistent commitment to equity. Equity is essential to the future viability and effectiveness of our network. To achieve our goals, we must create conditions for all people to thrive, experience a sense of belonging, and engage meaningfully in their institutions and communities.
To actualize our vision of the civic mission, we must reckon with the systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and other oppressions entrenched in the institutions of higher education and other contexts we work within. We cannot strive to promote the public good of higher education without acknowledging who has been excluded from or exploited by the definitions of “public good” that have emerged out of institutions with legacies of Native American removal, racial segregation, and other white supremacist violence.
Our approach is grounded in an ethic of full participation that recognizes the need for architectural approaches and systemic change.
“Full participation is an affirmative value focused on creating institutions that enable people, whatever their identity, background, or institutional position, to thrive, realize their capabilities, engage meaningfully in institutional life, and contribute to the flourishing of others,” (Sturm 2006, 2010).
Our understanding of full participation prompts us to actively and intentionally apply our definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This requires continual self-examination, ecosystem-level analyses and approaches, and stewardship of shared ownership and vision. We strive to build architectures of full participation by eliminating disconnects between institutional values and practices and establishing a shared vision and ownership over the civic mission.