Diversity on Campus


Diversity and Inclusion at Elms College

Diversity is an integral component of the Elms College experience. Students today are globally connected, and interact with a diverse and multicultural community. For this reason, we foster an atmosphere that advocates mutual respect, cultural identity and self-growth, no matter how individuals identify. 

On a campus as diverse as Elms, it is no small feat that we are able to coordinate numerous multicultural activities celebrating the breadth of cultures here and promoting inclusiveness, open-mindedness and cooperative learning. The office charged with this task is the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, whose mission is to foster and sustain a diverse and culturally sensitive campus, and build community and collaboration among diverse groups, both within and outside of the college.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion advances Elms College's commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable campus climate to help all members of the Elms community better understand the challenges and rewards of living in an increasingly diverse, multicultural and interconnected globalized world.

Elms College is an equal opportunity educator and employer committed to attracting qualified candidates from groups underrepresented on the campus.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works in partnership with the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS), Office of Student Activities, Campus Ministry, the Health Center, the Counseling Center, Career Services, Student Accommodations and Support Services (SASS), and the International Programs Office. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works primarily with students, faculty and staff to provide services that support and protect the personal and intellectual development of the ALANA (African-American, Latino/a, Asian-American, Native American) community, the LGBTQIA community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual/ally), and low-income students, single mothers, U.S. veterans, and first-generation college students at Elms College.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity as a Community

Some campus multicultural activities and events that we have in the works include:

The Agora

In ancient Greece, the agora (or “gathering place”) was the center of artistic, athletic, political and spiritual life of the city. Each semester, the polyphonic voices of college students gather on the Elms College campus to discuss current academic and sociocultural issues that affect our student population, as well as our local communities. All panel discussions are conducted exclusively by college students and are open to the general public.

The Veritas Film Series with Talk Back

Each film explores a specific theme related to the struggles and the challenges that many individuals face in today’s global society because of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, cultural identity, religious affiliation, disability or social status. After the screening, a small panel of faculty/guest speakers and college students will lead the discussion and field questions. The film series is free and open to the general public.

Elms College Unity in Diversity Award 

Coordinated through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Elms College Unity in Diversity Award recognizes excellence in promoting cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion to a student, faculty member or staff member. Recipients of this award are recognized at the end of each academic year during Elms College’s Honors Convocation.

Unity in Diversity Week at Elms College 

Unity in Diversity Week is an annual, three-day event held in the month of April, and it is directed and coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The three-day event in the third week of April will include a variety of activities and venues, and it will also offer opportunities for students, faculty and staff to promote diversity, inclusion, love, peace and cultural understanding, and to come together in unity to celebrate cultural diversity at Elms College.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Javier Venturi Ph.D. (ABD)
College Center 103