Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.09
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 2.00 Elizabeth Drake
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Development (OIECD) engages and empowers the entire campus community to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment. We value and are committed to celebrating differences in identity and experiences as an integral part of developing future global leaders. All of the work is lead through an intersectional lens with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework. The OIECD collaborates with colleagues in the President's Office, the Provost's Office, Athletics and Physical Education, Title IX, Human Resources, and the Dean's Office to help foster dialogue, collaboration, and education and to center those who historically have been denied access because of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origins, religion, class, or other marginalized identities.
To accomplish our mission, the Office of Inclusive Excellence offers culturally diverse programming, support, and educational opportunities. Our campus DEI programs include the Black Cultural Center, Intercultural Center, Interfaith Center, International Student Center, LGBTQ initiatiives, and Women’s Resource Center. The OIECD also supports the First Generation Low Income (FLI) Office and the Inclusive Excellence Fellows Program.

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Student trainings:
1. Inclusive Leadership Training: This training is provided to more than 100 students who are residents assistants, green advisers, student academic mentors, and diversity peer advisors. These trainings occur before the start of each fall semester and prepare the students filling these roles to increase campus cultural competency and foster and maintain safe and respectful social relationships in the community. For more details, see https://www.swarthmore.edu/news-events/inclusive-leadership-conference-comes-to-swarthmore
2. Tri-College Identity, Equity, and Social Justice Summer Institute: Each summer, first-year students are invited to participate in this four-day training session sponsored by Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford Colleges. The Tri-College Institute is a retreat/intensive workshop experience. Students participate in a mix of activities such as small group discussions, journal groups, parties, lectures, off-campus trips, sports, and improvisational theater. The core topics are race, gender, class, privilege, and leadership. 

Faculty/Staff trainings:
A bi-annual Faculty/Staff Development Workshop series consists of multiple workshops, provided at no cost to all employees. The Faculty/Staff Development Workshop Committee, in partnership with Human Resources develops the programming for each workshop. The goal of the series is to provide opportunities for employees to develop and acquire skills, enhance competencies, and to learn from one another in the process. Each series engages with one or more of the following themes:
Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
Financial–Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
Spiritual—Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life

The Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Development also offers regular Community Conversations to engage faculty, staff, and students in intergroup dialogue about a wide range of topics focused on access, diversity, equity, inclusion, intercultural understanding, social justice, and civic and social responsibility.

Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
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