The Office of Human Resources
The Office of Human Resources is committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff comprised of women and men that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups.

Higher Education Opportunity Program
The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides access to educationally and economically disadvantaged students, increasing campus diversity.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs
The Intercultural Affairs Center is a welcoming space that fosters an environment where students find support, challenges, and grounding for their personal growth, academic success and the development of their leadership skills. Our programs and collaborative initiatives aim to broaden cross-cultural understanding, foster an appreciation of diversity, inclusion and social justice and strengthen community bonds.

The Office of Spiritual Engagement
The Office of Religious Life seeks to constructively engage the pluralism of contemporary life and promote a respect for the dignity of every human being, a concern for justice and peace among all people.

Community Engagement and Service-Learning
Bringing the classroom into the community, the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning encourages students become engaged in the many cultures of our own society.

Counseling Center
The Counseling Center strives to enhance the well-being of students through facilitating their emotional, interpersonal, and intellectual development. The Counseling Center team works to create a safe environment that is inclusive and welcoming of all students, and serve as consultants to the greater campus.

LGBTQ+ Resource Center
During 2016-2017, a steering committee of faculty, staff, and students established the Colleges’ LGBTQ+ Resource Center. The Center actively promotes academic and personal growth for the HWS LGBTQ+ community.

First Generation Initiative
The First Generation Initiative (FGI) is an institutional initiative that strives to build a connected and supportive community of first generation students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae. The program was started in 2006 and is currently directed by Christine de Denus, an Associate Professor of Chemistry who is first generation herself.

Afro-Latino Alumni and Alumnae Association
The purpose of the Afro-Latino Alumni and Alumnae Association (ALAA) is to promote the interests of HWS and its Afro Latino Alumni and Alumnae to partner with the president, Board of Trustees, Directors of Alumni and Alumnae Relations, Office of Development, and the Hobart Alumni Association and William Smith College Alumnae Association in order to strengthen relations among the Colleges and alumni and alumnae of color.

Readings and Websites

Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What Is the Campus Climate for Perspective-Taking?

The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad: Higher Education and the Quest for Global Citizenship (2009)

A Measure of Equity: Women’s Progress in Higher Education

More Reasons for Hope: Diversity Matters in Higher Education

Diversity & Democracy (a print and online newsletter)

Achieving Faculty Diversity: Debunking the Myths

The Drama of Diversity and Democracy (pdf)

Liberal Learning and the Arts of Connection for the New Academy

Making a Real Difference with Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change

Assessing Campus Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Works: The Emerging Picture of How Students Benefit

National Organizations

Teach-In Resources

On June 13, 2020, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the Africana Studies Department, the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of the President hosted the first of a series of virtual teach-ins on racial justice. Titled “Voices of Protest and Love: Liberatory Knowledge in the Hour of George Floyd,” educators, scholars and activists came together to share knowledge, lived experiences and resources with the HWS community. A recording of the teach-in along with transcripts and resources shared by viewers are available below.

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