Our Vision:

A socially-just world.*

Our Mission:

To cultivate an environment where members of the Lafayette community value one another, engage in meaningful dialogue and creative reflection, and develop the skills necessary to enact social change.

Our Goal:

To advance Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through:

  • Educational outreach
  • Cultural programming
  • Support and advocacy for members of historically marginalized groups
  • Community building

*We believe that social justice is both a process and a goal. The goal of social justice is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. We envision a society in which individuals are both self-determining (able to develop their full capacities) and interdependent (capable of interacting democratically with others). Social justice involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others, their society, and the broader world in which we live. These are conditions we wish not only for our own society but also for every society in our interdependent global community.

Excerpted from Adams, M., Bell, L.A. & Griffin, P. (Eds.) (2007). Teaching for diversity and social justice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge