Shared Priorities

20×30 is built on the principle of distributed leadership.  We are all co-leaders of this network, and our Shared Priorities — our Goals, Values, and Approaches — create alignment that facilitates us in working collaboratively and intentionally to accelerate progress toward getting better at getting better, learning more deeply, transforming systems, and ultimately achieving large-scale improvement in the health, wellbeing, equity, and civic leadership capability of college students.

Our Shared Priorities were informed by data and a participatory process that engaged hundreds of people across sectors, disciplines, and people with lived experiences.  The priorities described below emerged as the most critical for our shared learning and action together. 

Our Shared Goals

We aim to transform the lives of 20 million students in higher education by 2030 through:

  • Improving student wellbeing now to improve lives for a lifetime
  • Removing health related barriers to learning, academic achievement, and overall student success
  • Closing equity gaps for students who are not thriving
  • Inspiring and preparing students to become future leaders and engaged citizens who actively build a culture of health and well-being for all

Our Shared Values

We are interconnected in this journey of unprecedented collaboration and action in pursuit of unprecedented results.  Our Shared Values ground our ability to lead together to co-create impactful change through the power of our mindsets and how we relate to ourselves and one another.  

We are…

  • all teachers, all learners, and all leaders
  • continuously curious and always questioning
  • pursuing radical transformation
  • accepting of responsibly failing forward as individuals and systems
  • widely sharing and spreading our discoveries
  • moving the needle on what’s possible

Our Shared Approaches 

The 20×30 Shared Approaches challenge us to embrace “BOTH/AND” thinking and to design changes that simultaneously improve extremes of a number of dimensions at the same time.  Instead of choosing or balancing, we must seek ways to achieve both at the same time. Difficult? Absolutely! F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” – and this thinking is exactly what is necessary for the radical transformation we are seeking.   

Our work together is grounded in local campus efforts and coalesces to create national change, which accelerates our learning and  our progress toward improvement of student health, wellbeing, equity, and leadership. Individuals, campuses, and organizations are encouraged to identify where they want to focus their efforts based on their unique needs and assets. 

  • We are transforming the lives of all students in higher education AND we must start by focusing on students most affected by health inequities.
  • Leadership investment is necessary AND everyone is responsible for creating conditions for wellbeing and equity.  Wellbeing and equity must be pursued intersectionally to accomplish either.
  • Improvement efforts are:
    • informed by data AND by lived experience
    • focused on system design AND are human-centered
    • sustained by long-term focus AND respond to emerging and evolving problems
    • guided by the best available evidence AND are pursuing innovation to address gaps in scientific knowledge
    • addressing individual circumstances AND are changing the systems that perpetuate health inequities
  • We use network approaches to create linkages, maximize assets and strengths, distribute power to traditionally underrepresented voices, and achieve unprecedented collaboration, learning, and action
  • We use science-based improvement and innovation methods to increase the likelihood the changes we make will lead to and accelerate improvement.