Diversity is centered in moving students from their own embedded worldviews to embrace those of another—a core tenet of liberal education.Sylvia Hurtado
The Office of Student Diversity Programs (OSDP) promotes cross-cultural understanding and positive relationships in support of student success and an inclusive campus community. OSDP programs are grounded in an understanding of diversity that includes people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, socio-economic classes, religious and spiritual traditions, ages and abilities. The office fosters student leadership and personal engagement by providing support, access to resources and increasing campus awareness of diversity. We do this by advocating for students, creating spaces for cultural celebration, promoting leadership development and providing opportunities for education and reflection.
Programs and Services
The Office of Student Diversity Programs advises and facilitates diversity-focused student organizations and collaborates with academic and other departmental programs concerned with diversity and inclusion. OSDP sponsors speakers, performers, art exhibits, dinners, films and forums. Our services include:
- Advising and support
- Intercultural Center library
- Leadership retreats
- Mentor program
- Weekly and monthly activities: Warm-Up Wednesdays; Making the Grade Series, In Our Own Voices, etc.
- Networking opportunities
Diversity and Inclusion at Skidmore College