Diversity and Inclusion in Practice

Diversity and Inclusion focuses on understanding our multiple identities through the lens of social justice education, ally development, and identity development. Recognizing that no member of the Mount Holyoke community brings just one aspect of their identity to the classroom, cocurricular activities, or personal relationships, the College acknowledges—and values—the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, age, national origin and religious/spiritual identities. In addition, we seek to generate greater connection and communication, rather than polarization around these facets of identity.

Mount Holyoke envisions a campus community that actively works toward transformation through social justice education, identity development, and ally development. Toward that end, the College:

  • develops programs and services to advance intergroup dialogue and subsequent action planning.
  • provides opportunities to connect social justice education to leadership development.
  • assists all students, including first generation students, to excel and achieve in their academic endeavors.
  • supports students of all identities to be empowered to cultivate their ally identities.
  • offers support for self-reflection and awareness for students of all identities.
  • provides cocurricular diversity education.
  • creates spaces of safety, learning, respect, celebration, and change within the campus community. These gathering spaces include but are not limited to: the residence halls, cultural centers, student programming spaces, classrooms, and study spaces.