Our Transformative Future:

2017-2018 Institutional Priorities

Diversity

Diversity

Out of our mission and values—and in response to significant demographic changes in the country and our region—we must shift the culture of PSR to more fully reflect the diversity to which we aspire. The change must go beyond representational diversity, and instead model and embody leadership models, curriculum, and community that draws its strength through diversity. This work will be accomplished by several of the initiatives in this planning document—from curriculum to finances. However, it is important that we identify resources (both financial and in partnerships) to assess and improve our progress.

  • Create a strategic, two year plan of action that integrates our various efforts towards improved diversity and inclusion and identifies the needed resources to deliver on it.  The plan must include ongoing efforts on curriculum and program review, enrollment management, marketing and communication, community events, etc.
  • The Intercultural Justice Committee will coordinate with the various offices tasked with being the “conscience” of the institution around our commitment to diversity and inclusion, leading a process of regular assessment and implementation.
  • Partner with Community Association of PSR (CAPSR) Council to support student groups and create resources that draw on the experience of the student body to strengthen the skill and knowledge of their peers and the institution.
  • Partner with the Dean’s Office to evaluate and identify resources for supporting students’ various learning styles and challenges.  Align resources dedicated to student support, including partnerships within the GTU, to improve student retention/success and close the completion gap for students of color.
  • Seek ways for PSR to serve as a leader and a resource to the church and society, drawing on our community’s diversity, experience, and specifically on our theological reflection around race, gender, gender identity, etc.

Academic Excellence

Student Recruitment and Retention

Financial Health

Advancement

Administration and Leadership

Strategic Values and Outcomes 2020

Our institutional priorities are grounded in these values:

By May 1, 2020, Pacific School of Religion will build strength through diversity in our student body, faculty, staff, and board through curriculum, resource allocation, and partnerships, committing to more closely reflect the growing diversity in the country, particularly in California, in terms of its ethnic, cultural, economic, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious diversity. Moving beyond representational diversity, we will prepare leaders of all backgrounds who can effectively challenge white privilege and racism and who have the tools to transform congregations, organizations, and businesses into more just and inclusive communities.

By May 1, 2020, Pacific School of Religion will have achieved financial equilibrium while broadening access (particularly for under-represented individuals and communities) and demonstrating the value of our program offerings.

By May 1, 2020, graduates of Pacific School of Religion will be demonstrably prepared and recognized as theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation, within and beyond the church. Our leadership formation will be marked by innovation, diversity, and effectiveness.

By May 1, 2020, Pacific School of Religion’s leadership—faculty, staff, administration, and board—will embody a vision of education that is clear about what we can offer the church and the world as well as what we can learn, taking fuller advantage of the culture, innovation, economy, and environment of our immediate context and our broad-reaching networks.