Lewis & Clark’s Strategic Plan

In 2018–19, Lewis & Clark articulated its vision, purpose, and values in its strategic plan, Exploring for the Global Good. While the words we use or the way we explain things might change, the vision, purpose, and values on which the institution rests should remain consistent over time. The following language is drawn from the strategic plan, and is a helpful starting point for any communication you need to create.


Exploring for the Global Good


Lewis & Clark will be a national leader in higher education that prepares students for meaningful careers, civic engagement, and lifelong discovery. Together we seek a just and sustainable society here in Portland, across our nation, and around the world.


Lewis & Clark consists of three distinctive schools united by a core purpose: to empower our graduates to make a positive impact on the world.

Our graduates are explorers. With the guidance of faculty and staff, Lewis & Clark students discover their interests, pursue their passions, and embark on paths that lead to expertise in their chosen fields.

Our graduates are critical and creative thinkers. Lewis & Clark students develop a mastery of inquiry through writing, analysis, and evaluation.

Our graduates are collaborators. Lewis & Clark students learn to understand themselves and the value each person brings. They are global citizens who engage differing points of view and work with others to solve challenges. They are global citizens who consider multiple perspectives as they work with others to address challenges.


  • Collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking
  • A caring and supportive community
  • Sustainability
  • Global perspectives
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Curiosity, adventure, innovation, and leadership


Our motto was adopted in 1993.

Explorare, Discere, Sociare
to explore, to learn, to work together