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Engaged Pluralism

Vassar College

Banner image: Vassar Voices was a story-telling, community building initiative. Sponsored by Engaged Pluralism (EP) and Creative Arts Across Discipline, May 2019 Photo credit: Karl Rabe/Vassar College

Engaged Pluralism is a campus-wide initiative dedicated to building communities of belonging, inclusion, and equity at the college.

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What We Believe

EP believes that meaningful change cannot and should not be the work of a single individual. Therefore, we do our work in groups of students, faculty, administrators and staff. We believe in the power of group work. We believe in dynamic engagement across differences. What does this work look like? It looks like small learning communities gathering to share, learn, brainstorm, and most importantly, engage with one another to explore questions of belonging and thriving at Vassar. 

In short, we believe only through engaging each other can we create the communities we wish to live in.

What We Do

We create opportunities for different forms of gathering, sharing, and collective questioning through our Working Groups; World Cafes; Igniter Pitch, EP-related intensives; and Summer Immersions, our bridge program for incoming first-generation, low income students. Through these programs, community members can gather to envision and kick start new initiatives that shape Vassar into a truly inclusive campus.

engaged (adj) pluralism (n)[ in-’gājd ’plu̇r-ə- li-zəm ]

1. the philosophy that social difference is not a barrier or challenge, but rather an essential part of a strong community; 

2. the conviction that collaborating across differences is necessary for social transformation and critical for the well-being of any community and its members.