One of the key points of Lewis & Clark College’s newly approved Strategic Plan is strengthening our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. In accordance with this, the Office of Equity and Inclusion supports institutional efforts and initiatives that seek to:

  1. Build pathways to recruit and retain a diverse community with specific focus on members from historically underrepresented groups.
  2. Recognize, celebrate, and support all facets of each individual’s identity.
  3. Provide opportunities for all members of our community to engage in reflective inquiry and to grow in the areas of inclusivity, respect, cultural curiosity, and cultural humility.
  4. Develop external partnerships that support diversity, equity and inclusion.

For more information on the vision of our office and the college as a whole, download the Strategic Plan.

Lewis & Clark’s overarching goal in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion is “to create an institutional culture of belonging, where all community members can fully participate such that they can teach, lead, grow, and critically engage in a dynamic global world.”
Exploring for the Global Good
Lewis & Clark’s Strategic Plan, 2019

The College explicitly acknowledges and affirms its conviction that diversity … on the Lewis & Clark campus provides an educational benefit for all students that can be realized only by enhancing and preserving the presence of students and education professionals from diverse backgrounds within our learning community.
The Educational Benefits of Diversity, Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 2007

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Lewis & Clark College purposefully reflects on the history of the land it occupies. Prior to the newcomers arriving in this area, the indigenous land of what would later be called Multnomah County was home to many tribal people. We honor the indigenous people on whose traditional and ancestral homelands we stand: the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, and Watalala bands of the Chinook; the Tualatin Kalapuya; and many other indigenous nations of the Columbia River.

It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.