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 >
A Lehigh username and password is required to view. A public-facing presence on the Lehigh website is forthcoming.

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, September 23, 2021
In this two session program, you will view and discuss eleven video insights presented by Steve Robbins, Ph.D. In the various video clips, Steve will discuss stereotypes and unintentional intolerance. Steve also discusses how human nature and our brains don't always help us be inclusive, and what we can do to prevent this. Inclusion Insights is part of our Cornerstones of Community track and is an expectation of all staff. In order to fulfill Cornerstones of Community requirements, Parts 1 and 2 of the virtual version of this course must both be completed. Parts 1 and 2 must be taken in order. Enroll for Part 1 here Enroll for Part 2 here
Thursday, September 30, 2021
In this two session program, you will view and discuss eleven video insights presented by Steve Robbins, Ph.D. In the various video clips, Steve will discuss stereotypes and unintentional intolerance. Steve also discusses how human nature and our brains don't always help us be inclusive, and what we can do to prevent this. Inclusion Insights is part of our Cornerstones of Community track and is an expectation of all staff. In order to fulfill Cornerstones of Community requirements, Parts 1 and 2 of the virtual version of this course must both be completed. Parts 1 and 2 must be taken in order. Enroll for Part 1 here Enroll for Part 2 here
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
This theatrical program provides an opportunity for audiences to hear, explore and experience each other in a manner that illuminates their similarities rather than their differences. The theatrical piece brings to life accessible characters who are fully human, credible and fallible. The primary objective is to stimulate discussion about the opportunities for greater understanding of diversity and inclusion. Listening to the stories of the characters in the theatrical piece will provide the opportunities to learn about: Exclusion and inclusion in the workplaceFeeling empathy and identification with the charactersSeeing the commonality of our human experience that flows underneath all the storiesOur own unconscious biasYour Story, My Story is a component of our Cornerstones of Community professional development track and participation in this program is an expectation for all supervisors. This virtual event is open to Lehigh Staff and Faculty only
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