Our diverse individual and community identities, backgrounds, cultural, political, social, and economic perspectives together form Hampshire College, and transforms us into an active and passionately engaged community of active learners that values freedom with respect; a community that embodies social responsibility; and a community that values voice and agency.
The mission of the chief diversity officer is to provide leadership and advocacy in developing partnerships across divisions to promote inclusion, equity and diversity as central themes to the mission of the College. The chief diversity officer is responsible for coordinating and guiding all efforts to define, understand, assess, foster, and cultivate diversity as a fundamental institutional and educational resource. The chief diversity officer ensures that the College community understands and is in compliance with both federal and state laws and College policies with respect to equal opportunity, accessibility, and educational programs.
The main goal is to develop a climate that cultivates diversity as fundamental to the development of the educational and professional experience at the College. To achieve this I have three major areas or responsibilities: diversity and inclusion, equity of services, and programming and compliance.
Hampshire College values diversity because it enriches our campus community and advances our intellectual and creative endeavors. Diversity encompasses multiple and intersecting identities including but not limited to race, class, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious expression, physical and mental abilities, military/veteran status, and political expression.
Hampshire aspires to foster a welcoming community inclusive of individuals from an array of backgrounds and perspectives who share a commitment to all forms of anti-oppression, social justice, respectful discourse and engagement. We believe that diversity is central to the academic and work experience and campus culture and therefore, we recognize that recruitment, retention and support of a diverse community are fundamental responsibilities related to the sustainability of the College.
Diversity is at the core of our collaborative, creative, inquiry-based model of education. Our pedagogy depends upon the free and open exchange of ideas informed by different perspectives, fields, and methodologies. We offer an interdisciplinary education that is inclusive of the knowledges and experiences of groups who have been historically underrepresented in academy. Together, we strive to be a community of scholars and artists engaged in respectful exchange of different perspectives and ways of being, and critical and analytical thought: essential factors for transformative learning.