The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity was created with the hiring of the inaugural Vice President for Equity & Community in February of 2017.  The office is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to enhance and build on Lehigh’s efforts to advance its commitment to a more diverse and inclusive campus.  We do this through strategic planning, training, education and research, community relations, policy development and communications.  Our office coordinates with all University assets, including students, staff, senior administrators, deans, department heads, trustees and local community leaders and groups.  The stem is comprised of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity and our advocacy centers: the Center for Gender Equity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity, the Chaplain’s Office, and the Center for Student Access and Success. We invite you to explore our website, and those of our centers, to learn about the rich and diverse community here at Lehigh and all it has to offer you. 

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Plan 2021-2026

Lehigh is committed to being an institution that strives to enhance diversity, inclusion and equity. Our ongoing goal is to ensure that all members of our community feel safe, valued and welcome. We have made important progress in strengthening our ability to listen, learn, adapt, improve, challenge, change and lead. We have much more work to do, and this work will evolve over time. Join us.

Read the plan here.


INSIGHT Into Diversity 2023 HEED Award Logo

We are proud to announce that Lehigh has been selected as a recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for a fifth straight year!  This is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.  While we are honored to be recognized for the programs and resources we have developed so far, we remain committed to the work that needs to be done as we pursue our goal of becoming an antiracist institution and creating A Lehigh for Everyone.

Meet Dr. Donald Outing

The Army veteran joined Lehigh from The United States Military Academy at West Point and leads institutional efforts to advance Lehigh's work on diversity, equity and inclusion. Read his perspective on Lehigh's efforts to cultivate a more diverse campus.   


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