The Office of Diversity and Engagement is committed to upholding the mission of Elms College to educate a diverse group of students. Elms College is committed to providing students, faculty, and staff, with an inclusive environment in which they may pursue their studies or careers. We strive to promote academic success, equity and leadership development through various programs and services that foster holistic development.

The Office of Diversity and Engagement is committed to a holistic approach to the development of its students, faculty and staff under the guiding principles of diversity, equity, social justice and inclusion. Diversity and Engagement in conjunction with the mission of Elms College is committed to providing an inclusive environment with a focus on co-curricular, socio-emotional and leadership development. Diversity and Engagement promotes one’s self exploration through intersectionality such as race, gender, socioeconomic class, first-generation, sexual orientation, religion, age and ability.

Watch this brief video to learn more about how Elms is creating an equitable campus environment.

Diversity Leadership Council

The purpose of the Diversity Leadership Council is to promote diversity and inclusion.  Our purpose also includes providing a sense of community across races, ethnicities, nationalities, cultures, sexual orientation and gender identities, religions, and abilities with the intention of cultivating the potential to lead. The council vows to encourage the Elms campus and surrounding community to embrace and support the differences of others and help empower their leadership potential.

The Elms College Diversity Leadership Council welcomes all undergraduate and graduate students who support values of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity.  The council prefers to address members as leaders to set a tone of equality and will include a diverse group of individuals that pledge to encourage a sense of belonging on the Elms campus and to prospective students. 

Diversity and Engagement Trainings

Anti-Racism Training

  • Microaggressions 
  • Implicit Bias 
  • Introduction to Systemic Racism 
  • Cultural Competency 

Volunteer Trainers

The Office of Diversity and Engagement is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in participating in on-going, extensive Anti-Racism Trainings. The purpose of these trainings is to create a team of knowledgeable individuals who can train the Elms community (faculty, staff, and students) on various topics such as: Systemic Racism, Cultural Competency, Solutions for Inclusive Environments, and more. We are asking for dedicated individuals who are committed to a more welcoming and inclusive Elms. If you are interested, please reach out to diversityandenagagement@elms.edu

Reading Groups

Faculty and Staff Reading Groups

The Office of Diversity and Engagement offers reading groups to staff and faculty on various topics that center the experience of marginalized and underrepresented groups. Through healthy dialogue and transparency, the goal for these reading groups is to facilitate and become the catalyst to help individuals feel more comfortable having difficult conversations with those who vary in perspective.   

Student Roundtable Discussions

The Office of Diversity and Engagement offers roundtable discussions to students about various topics and current events rooted in the current social climate and its impact on their collegiate experiences.

If you are interested, please reach out to diversityandenagagement@elms.edu.