Social Equity and the Modern Campus: Framework Plans Level the Playing Field for All Students

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From Volume 50 Number 4 | July–September 2022
By Brodie Bain, MArch, FAIA, AICP, LEED AP
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Oregon State UniversityBellevue College

The article explores campus design implications for socially equitable college and university environments. Two institutions that carry the value of social equity as dominant themes in their mission and strategic plans are showcased. Bellevue College’s equity plan acts as the cornerstone for social justice on campus. Oregon State University’s new Strategic Plan 4.0 includes sense of belonging and inclusion as core values. For both, the physical campus framework plans, used to guide campus development and design over time, fully integrate social equity through processes of engagement and physical solutions that improve a sense of welcome and inclusion.