Welcome

Welcome

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 division is comprised of our advocacy centers (the Center for Gender Equity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity, and the Chaplain’s Office), Student Access and Success, and a Multicultural Community Liaison. 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.
 

 

Meet Dr. Donald Outing

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.   

INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award Logo 2021

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 the third 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 are aware that much more work needs to be done as we pursue our goal of becoming an antiracist institution.

Events

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Dr. Deborah J. Walker is a multicultural and organizational development consultant skilled in the areas of assessment, strategic planning and change, process facilitation, community engagement, cooperative problem solving, and coaching. Her VISIONS sessions are designed to enhance the university's internal capacity to create an equitable campus community by introducing staff, faculty, and students to the Visions framework and common language, including guidelines for effective dialogue, target/non-target, modern "isms," and internalized oppression. VISIONS workshop attendees will learn how to: Identify previously unconscious biases and misinformation in themselves, in others, and in organizationsCommunicate more effectively across differenceRecognize personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural barriers to inclusionUnderstand the ongoing personal effects of historical and contemporary exclusion and oppression, for example, the effects of sexism on individuals of all gendersFacilitate change in groups and organizations to create a supportive environment of inclusionVISIONS is a component of our Cornerstones of Community professional development track and participation in this program is an expectation for all supervisors. Registration is required and open to Staff and Faculty only.
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
All new scenarios! Ever wondered “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? Deciding whether and how to respond to bias or incivility is complicated. Understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effective responding can help bystanders better evaluate their options and select effective strategies. In this web-based workshop with all new scenarios, attendees will first learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Building on this understanding, participants will learn key strategies for speaking up that invite reflection and dialogue. Attendees will then be invited to apply these concepts to everyday incidents of bias or incivility through facilitated interaction and discussion. Speaking Up is part of Lehigh’s Cornerstones of Community career enrichment programming and is an important part of our progress toward becoming an antiracist university. The program is facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Goodwin of Incluxion Works, Inc. and PowerPlay Interactive Development, a professional applied theatre company of the University of New Hampshire (UNH). This workshop is designed for a staff audience. If you’d like to register for a session with a different audience, visit the appropriate link below. Faculty sessionMixed audience (staff and faculty) sessionFor questions about registration: Faculty please contact mjl410@lehigh.edu Staff please contact inceal@lehigh.edu
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
All new scenarios! Ever wondered “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? Deciding whether and how to respond to bias or incivility is complicated. Understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effective responding can help bystanders better evaluate their options and select effective strategies. In this web-based workshop with all new scenarios, attendees will first learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Building on this understanding, participants will learn key strategies for speaking up that invite reflection and dialogue. Attendees will then be invited to apply these concepts to everyday incidents of bias or incivility through facilitated interaction and discussion. Speaking Up is part of Lehigh’s Cornerstones of Community career enrichment programming and is an important part of our progress toward becoming an antiracist university. The program is facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Goodwin of Incluxion Works, Inc. and PowerPlay Interactive Development, a professional applied theatre company of the University of New Hampshire (UNH). This workshop is designed for a staff and faculty audience. If you’d like to register for a session with a different audience, visit the appropriate link below. Staff sessionFaculty sessionFor questions about registration: Faculty please contact mjl410@lehigh.edu Staff please contact inceal@lehigh.edu
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