Diversity And Inclusion Center
Diversity and Inclusion Center
Diversity and Inclusion Programs
Queer Compass is a student lead, administrative supported, initiative meant to better serve the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally+ (LGBTQIA+) population on Westminster's campus by fostering a sense of community, visibility and openness. Queer Compass will hold a monthly meeting in which attendees will be able to participate in multifaceted, intersectional, dialogues surrounding issues of marginalization, victimization, safety, power, privilege, identity, gender, sexuality, navigating higher education and opportunities for growth. Queer Compass will introduce and educate about resources and availability both on campus and in the community at large. The goals of Queer Compass are to provide an environment in which participants can feel safe and supported by not only the community of other attendees, but Westminster College as a whole.
Heritage Speaker Series
Monthly speaker series focuses on cultural heritage, social awareness, scholarship, and community actions.
Legacy Scholarship Program
The Legacy Scholars Program focuses on the social and academic integration of first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students. This program provides student cohorts with academic support, scholarship enrichment, faculty to peer mentorship, scholastic and professional preparation. The Legacy Scholars Program is a collaboration between the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center and the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement.
In the spirit of Lavender and Raza Graduations, this end of year celebration highlights the accomplishments of graduating students from first generation, underrepresented, and marginalized backgrounds. A major corner stone of this celebration pays tribute to graduating students along with their family and community support systems.
Education & Training
Provide ongoing education and training on issues of power, privilege, and oppression.
Mission & vision
Westminster's Diversity Center serves as the central resource for community building, educational programming, and support services for First Generation College Students, LGBTQ Students, Students of Color, and Allies.
Informed by the College-wide Learning Goals and the Strategic Plan, diversity and inclusion at Westminster College involves the acknowledgement and active engagement with the values, experiences, world views, and inter-sectional identities and characteristics of all members of our campus community.
In recognition of an increasingly multicultural and global society, the College's understanding of diversity includes underrepresented U.S. (domestic) populations as well as international communities across all borders, geographic and symbolic. Diversity encompasses identity-based, social, political, and geographic dimensions, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, socioeconomic (class) status, (dis)ability, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual identity, religion, age, and language.
The College strives to build an inclusive and welcoming student-centered teaching and learning environment through its meaningful commitment to consistently examine and implement curricula and co-curricular activities, programs, policies, and practices that cultivate a respectful and equitable campus culture and climate.
Honoring the complexities of local and global individual differences and identities, the Diversity Center facilitates learning excellence, leadership development, and individual awareness through programs, dialogues, training, and study abroad opportunities grounded in a commitment to advance social justice and equity in a global and changing world.