Dean College is committed to building an inclusive campus community that is accepting, respectful and welcoming of students, faculty and staff of all identities.

Celebrating Diversity 

Respecting and supporting a diverse and inclusive environment is the responsibility of everyone at Dean College. Our diverse community of students, faculty and staff represents a wide range of identities, backgrounds and cultures from across the country and around the globe. We recognize and celebrate our differences and know that a diverse community is vital to fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all. Our community collaborates to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to engage in education, activism and empowerment. Together, we’ve developed innovative programs, teaching practices and leadership experiences which create a culture of belonging.

Our Commitment 

One of the paramount goals of the Dean College Strategic Plan is to ensure an equitable and respectful campus environment for all students, faculty and staff which is free from discrimination and harassment, regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, age, economic status, political belief, neurodiversity or genetic information. 

The Social Justice Work Team was formed with the primary function to ensure that social responsibility, social justice and equity are core to Dean College’s Mission and Vision as represented in the life of our campus—in the classroom and beyond. As part of this work, a Global and Intercultural Fluency student learning goal was embedded throughout the curriculum and co-curriculum. Through pursuit of this Global and Intercultural Fluency learning goal, students demonstrate awareness and respect for commonalities across and differences between identities, cultures and experiences.

The Social Justice Work Team provides guidance for our community on issues related to inclusion, equity, racial justice and social responsibility across our curriculum and all aspects of campus and work life; engage with Dean’s leadership team to ensure that equitable and respectful behaviors define the day-to-day culture for students, faculty and staff; provide two-way channels of communication with stakeholders regarding inclusion in all aspects of campus and work life, allowing for feedback and thoughtful discussion; and develop programming and professional development opportunities for students, faculty and staff to address social responsibility, racial justice, inclusion and equity.

Annual Action Steps

  • The team holds and facilitates multiple programs and events each year. Since its formation, these events have included activities such as: a virtual vigil for social justice and change, guest speakers, and community discussion opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni.
  • The team facilitates professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, training for student leaders and other campus-wide programs.
  • The team actively participates and plans voter education and registration events.

Social Responsibility, Equity and Antiracism Fund

As the Social Responsibility, Equity and Antiracism Work Team collaborates with the Dean Community— to close opportunity gaps and advance critical conversations and initiatives that promote inclusion, equity and social responsibility on campus and beyond—special funding is needed to be successful. Gifts from donors outside and inside of the College will allow this fund to be a resource.

The Social Responsibility, Equity and Antiracism Fund will be used to:

  • Provide critical support of initiatives, social activities and programming to educate and connect the entire Dean Community, while supporting and engaging our students.
  • Assist in bringing relevant training, guest speakers, community reads, and other projects to Dean to help broaden awareness of issues related to racial injustice, violence, diversity, equity and inclusion, while involving the Community in these vital conversations.

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Student Multicultural and Special Interest Clubs

These multicultural and special interest clubs foster critical thinking and the interchange of ideas at the intersections of racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, socioeconomic and religious diversity.

  • Black Student Union
  • International Student Association (ISA)
  • Jewish Community Club
  • MyBlackSpeaks (performance club)
  • Queer Pride Alliance (LGBTQ Alliance)

Learn more about Student Activities and Involvement

Accessibility and Support Services

The Office of Accessibility Services is committed to an accessible, inclusive campus environment which meets the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities. The College provides its full support and a variety of accommodations to any qualified student with a documented disability, including executive functioning disorder, sensory processing or nonverbal learning issues. We offer learning and academic support as well as auxiliary aids and services to qualified students with disabilities through the Office of Accessibility Services.

Learn more about Accessibility Services.

Dean College Non-Discrimination Statement

Dean College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.