The work of the Office of Diversity Initiatives (ODI) is guided by a vision of interactive pluralism, a framework that affirms the diversity of our student, faculty, and staff body, stands for mutual recognition and respect of difference, pursues community interaction along difference for personal and educational growth, and commits ourselves to the building of a multicultural and just community:
Effective diversity and social justice work requires a frame of mind that view difference as our greatest asset not our greatest weakness.
Scope & Mission
The office operates from an inclusive definition of diversity that includes race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual identity/orientation, gender identity & expression, and the intersections of each of these social identity markers. In many of these areas the office works in collaboration with academic departments (e.g. Africana Studies, Women & Gender Studies, Sociology) and other administrative offices (e.g. Women's Center, Office of Religious Life & Community Services, LGBTQ Services, Institutional & Diversity Initiatives).
- Identity Development: Part of creating a community that is reflective and responsive to our campus diversity includes students exploring and developing a sense of who they are racially, as gendered beings, in regards to their sexual identity, and with respect to other dimensions of their social and personal identity.
- Intercultural Competence/Maturity: Developing multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skill among our student, faculty and staff body is essential in effectively and
- responsibility engaging in diverse environments.
- Leadership & Engagement: Effective and skilled leadership and engagement are necessary in meeting the challenges of a living and working in 21st century multicultural communities.
Inclusive Excellence: Championed by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AACU), the action of inclusive excellence requires us to uncover inequities in student success an identity practices that lead to change in the context of diversity, inclusion, equity/equity mindedness.
The ODI operates out of Landis House located at the corner of W. Pomfret & S. College Street. Landis House is also home to the Women's Center, Office of LGBTQ Services and the Gender Violence Resource Network. Landis is open to all students, staff, and faculty. Our business hours are Monday thru Friday from the hours of 8:30a to 4:30p.
Visit us: Landis is also accessible after business hours for those with a Dickinson identification card. In addition to office space, Landis offers space for students, staff, and faculty to reserve for meetings, class, study space, watching movies, or simply a place to hang out. To reserve space during the academic year, please contact Sara Klemann at email@example.com. We ask for at least 24hours advance notice for reservations.
The ODI is staffed by a director, program/administrative assistant, and a group of dedicated students, Diversity Assistants, who work to move our vision and mission along. The DAs (as they are known around campus) are students who are committed to bringing their passion for diversity and social justice to creative and engaging programs in service to the campus and Carlisle community. The position attracts individuals with their ears to campus issues and an eye for developing diversity focused initiatives and programs.
Want to get involved? In addition to paid positions, the ODI also welcomes volunteers from all class years. For information on how to become a volunteer please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity In Demand
Stay connected! Diversity In Demand is a weekly e-newsletter distributed by the office to highlight programs, services, and events related to diversity and social justice occurring on campus and within the local community. To join our mailing list us at email@example.com. Have an event/program that you would like to have included in DID email Sara Klemann at firstname.lastname@example.org.