At Goucher College, we have intentionally prioritized a focus on diversity and inclusion in our recently completed strategic plan, Cultivating Global Changemakers. We understand that it is imperative as an institution to embrace inclusion, social and racial equity, a culture of respect, and accessibility, in who the community includes, how it acts, in what we teach, and in how we prepare our students for life.
Goucher College is a founding member institution of the Liberal Arts College Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, to be based at the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. LACRELA brings together some of the most highly respected liberal arts colleges in America to collaborate on developing and achieving equity goals and fostering sustainable cultures of inclusion on their campuses.
Hillel International is partnering with Goucher College on the Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) to review and improve the climate for Jewish students. This survey is a part of the Campus Climate Review (CCR), a toolkit designed to help colleges and universities better understand the campus climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), with a specific focus on inclusion of Jewish students.
Goucher College is a proud member of the NASPA Culture of Respect Collective, a two-year program for higher education institutions to collaborate with peers to improve institutional efforts addressing campus sexual violence. NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the professional society for student affairs and is dedicated to integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry. This initiative launched in the fall of 2021 and will incorporate Goucher campus community members at every level.
The DEIJ Council ensures that Goucher College supports its mission to become an anti-racist institution by building on the college’s commitment to respect, inclusion, service, social justice, and responsibility.
The Center for Race, Equity, and Identity (CREI) transforms lives through community building, education, engagement, and the exploration of identities. We strive to improve the institutional advancement of all marginalized students, specifically students of color, first-generation students, LGBTQIA+ students, and disabled students/students with disabilities.
Goucher College supports a number of student clubs, including Goucher Black Student Union (GBSU), Movimiento Estudiantil Hispano-Americano (MEHA), and Asian Student Union (ASU.) In addition, we offer special interest housing for Black/African American students. A full list of our offerings can be found here.
All faculty and staff who serve on search committees must meet for each unique search to review and discuss DEI issues as they relate to recruitment and retention. Committees must submit a search plan that indicates how they plan to actively recruit a diverse pool of candidates. All applicants must submit a statement that is separate from their other materials and demonstrates their ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. During campus interviews, the associate provost for faculty affairs and the director of faculty professional development and teaching excellence discuss with finalists their prepared teaching philosophies and statements with an emphasis on inclusive pedagogy. We continue to review best practices for recruiting and retaining faculty of color on an ongoing basis.
As part of the college’s liberal education curriculum, students are required to explore ecological, policy, social, cultural, and/or historical dimensions of human relationships to the environment through an environmental sustainability learning requirement and an environmental studies program. Throughout their time at Goucher, students have many opportunities to discuss and explore their own identity, to examine the ways in which race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socio-economic status, and many other markers of identity affect levels of privilege and access to power, and to develop skills in communicating across difference in the classroom and beyond.
Dr. and Mrs. Goucher shared a strong belief in higher education for women and world mission programs. They were instrumental in the founding of several schools in Maryland, including Morgan State University, a historically black college located in Baltimore, as well as schools overseas in Japan, China, and India. Dr. Goucher served on the Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church and provided much of the financial support for their mission work in Asia.
We acknowledge that in many ways, we owe our good fortune to the communities and ancestors who have come before us. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, we pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture, and the hopes of peoples around the world. We honor the elders of the Piscataway people, whose land was seized by European colonists in the 17th century, and the enslaved people who lived and worked on this very land in the 18th and 19th centuries, the extent to which we’re only now coming to research and fully comprehend, land that Goucher College purchased and relocated to in the early 20th century and upon which we gather here today to celebrate in the 21th century.
Goucher College has launched the Hallowed Ground Project to further the college’s commitment to study and to recognize the role of slavery and racism in the history of the land the college currently occupies.