About the Office

Our Mission: The Office of Diversity (OD) is committed to providing an environment which affirms human differences and similarities. The mission is implemented through examining, recognizing, and promoting diversity related to national origin, religion, race /ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age and socioeconomic status. By working with students, faculty, staff and community, the OD aims to promote a culture of inclusiveness throughout the campus of Elizabethtown College. Each year the Office of Diversity sponsors and co-sponsors a number of educational, cultural, leadership,and social programs which help students of diverse backgrounds achieve their goals.

Office of Diversity Initiatives

Programs - Inclusive Excellence Showcase
Throughout the year, the Office of Diversity (OD) provides an opportunity for the campus community to participate in a number of educational and cultural events which showcase various cultural and ethnic groups. Events consist of a variety of films, speakers, performances, and cultural awareness activities.

Advocacy/ Support
Outreach to various segments of the community takes many forms. Beyond providing advocacy and support to underrepresented students and student groups. Members of the staff serve as referral agents, referring students to other offices and departments when necessary, and act as an information resource for all offices and departments within the College regarding multicultural issues.

Diversity Education
In striving to build a stronger E-town community, the OD provides diversity education, and consultation to support students, faculty, staff, and academic units. As a resource to the campus the intent of this effort is to increase participant’s understanding of cultural competencies that contribute to achieving cultural objectives.

Student Leadership Development 
The Office works to strengthen leadership skills of up and coming student by sponsoring an annual Leadership Retreat. Many students wish to assume leadership roles in student organizations while attending Elizabethtown College.  This aspiration renders an opportunity to support students by helping to increase their leadership abilities.   Student organizations are critical to creating vibrant and welcoming environments for new and incoming students. They serve as supportive networks and multicultural spaces by helping to create a sense of community on campus. In addition, students can learn professional skills, e.g. leading a group, critical thinking, organization, planning, fundraising, and the ability to collaborate with others.  These skills all serve to prepare students for a world beyond the campus.

Cultural and Social Experiences 
Maintaining a sense of cultural identity is important for many students.  A variety of social and cultural opportunities are supported by the OD through themed and cultural programming both on and off campus.  Activities include field trips, conferences, and a Social Justice Retreat.   As a member of The Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs (PALOMA) a weekend Social Justice Retreat is sponsored where students engage in simulations of oppression, workshops, and other fun activities.

Strategic Planning
The Office supports the college in planning inclusive excellence initiatives.  The OD  provided leadership to the Diversity Task Force which produced the documented  Embracing Inclusive Excellence:  A Five-Year Plan for Strengthening Campus Diversity . The plan was approved by the Faculty Assembly and the Board of Trustees in 2009. Consultation and support to administrative units is available in addition to coordination and delivery of faculty and staff development workshops.