Since 2014, Haverford has been implementing the Plan for Haverford 2020, a strategic plan that has led to significant investments in the College’s academic program, student experience, and physical plant while establishing sustainable fiscal equilibrium.
With the arrival of President Wendy Raymond in 2019, the College has begun a new strategic planning process that will articulate fresh priorities as Haverford anticipates entering its third century. Between now and 2021 all members of the extended Haverford community are invited to share their best thinking about the College’s future.
Strategic initiatives underway as a result of the Plan for Haverford 2020 include:
Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility
Haverford students learn to create and apply knowledge for ethical purposes through educational explorations undertaken beyond the classroom in partnership with dynamic, diverse individuals and communities. The Plan for 2020 therefore identifies Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility (CESR) as an important pedagogical framework requiring enhanced support and coordination. In 2017, Haverford established a Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility Council that fosters curricular and co-curricular activities and partnerships, providing significant guidance and support for ethical campus-community engagement.
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity, Equity, and inclusion are longstanding and cherished ideals of Haverford College that also require consistent and comprehensive stewardship. The Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was convened in the fall semester of 2019, and is charged with making positive, effective structural changes that will promote full inclusion and belonging for all members of the Haverford community.
Haverford's commitment to a values-centered liberal education rooted in Quaker principles and practice emphasizes the examination of ethical decision-making processes and choices so that student can lead "lives that speak." With the support of a significant gift from Andy Pleatman '66 in 2014, initiatives encouraging and developing ethical leadership will deepen both educational and co-curricular programs.
As a core institutional principle, sustainability animates Haverford's broad mission of stewarding its financial, ethical, and curricular endowments in the interests of educating principled global citizens while safeguarding intergenerational equity as a perpetual institution. Sustainability also specifically represents an imperative of environmental consciousness and accountability that should flow through and bind our curriculum, our co-curricular programming, and our institutional practices, as was articulated in the Plan for Haverford 2020. The Council for Sustainability and Social Responsibility, launched in 2015, is charged with advancing the study and practice of sustainability at Haverford. It joins newly named Chief Sustainability Officer Jesse Lytle, Sustainability Coordinator Claudia Kent, the Committee on Environment Responsibility (CER), the Environmental Studies faculty, and many others to guide the College's commitment to embedding principles of sustainability across our curriculum, administrative decisions, and community practices.