Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom

Mount Holyoke College strives to build and maintain a campus environment that is inclusive, pluralistic, and free of discrimination. Diversity and inclusion efforts extend beyond specific departments and are embedded in all areas of the College.

Diversity and inclusion efforts focus on understanding our community's multiple identities through the lens of social justice education, ally development, and identity development. The College acknowledges and values the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, age, national origin, and religious/spiritual identities in the classroom, in co-curricular activities, and in personal relationships. In addition, we seek to generate connection and communication rather than polarization around these facets of identity.

These efforts often come to the forefront in the classroom. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and the classroom offers an amazing opportunity to learn from one another.

Helping students feel connected to the community created in the classroom makes them better able to engage with the course materials.
An approach that attunes faculty & staff to the wide range of experiences in our student body in order to support them as they navigate their time at MHC.
Mount Holyoke College is dedicated to ensuring that all students are equal and full participants in the college experience.
By creating inclusive classrooms from the very start you can move the needle forward on helping to create a stronger, more equitable community at MHC.
Learn techniques to use in the first five minutes of the semester, gender neutral/affirming ways to address your class and tips on correcting mistakes.