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
Only through engagement with difference can individuals become fully educated and prepared for citizenship in a globalized world. Diversity and inclusion are longstanding and cherished ideals of Haverford College that also require consistent and comprehensive stewardship. The Council for Diversity and Inclusion was convened in the fall semester of 2016, and is charged with revising, implementing, and evaluating the Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion.
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.