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Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

Greetings and welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. We are one of the many campus resources at New England College providing services for all faculty, staff, and students.

We seek to establish partnerships with community members to create an inclusive student-centered environment that fosters respect for each person. Working together is one of the most effective ways to identify solutions for change. Campus programs throughout the year will invite us to learn from our individual and collective experiences. Please take advantage of the many opportunities to create a memorable student experience at New England College.

We hope that you will visit our office located in the Simon Center on the 5th floor!

ODI Mission and Vision Statements

Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is dedicated to providing intentional programs and services that enhance self-awareness, academic success, cross-cultural engagement, as well as encourage individual and collective advocacy. We will assist in creating an inclusive campus environment that fosters respect for each person, equity, appreciation for all cultures, and promote diverse ideas within the New England College community.

Vision Statement

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) seeks to create an environment that is student-centered where all members build capacity for cross-cultural competence that serves as a catalyst for social justice.

Learning Outcomes

Students, faculty, and staff who engage in programs sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be able to:

  • Define one’s identity, understand intersectionality and articulate how these factors influence the college experience
  • Practice personal accountability and develop meaningful peer relationships using effective intrapersonal/interpersonal skills within an academic and social environment
  • Demonstrate effective cross-cultural communication proficiency that is applied daily when discussing the multiple dimensions of diversity
  • Illustrate an understanding of social responsibility and civic participation that ignites social action
  • Identify and explain the impact of systemic barriers placed on an individual and communities
  • Use acquired knowledge about cultural diversity to make informed decisions
  • Employ the Social Change Model in an effort to dismantle oppressive behaviors and systems

Events, Programs, and Beyond…

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion carries out intentional and meaningful programs for each national heritage month and beyond! The ODI events are open to all NEC students, faculty, and staff.

Cultural Heritage Celebrations

  • Bachata Night for Hispanic Heritage Month
  • National Coming Out Day and Trans Day of Visibility
  • The Intercultural Holiday Peace Gathering in December celebrating our rich diversity before the holiday season
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Programming Series for Black History Month- 6 weeks of celebrating the legacy of MLK and the descendants and traditions of the African Diaspora
  • The Women’s Leadership Brunch for Women’s History Month
  • We co-host the Semi-Formal with the Multicultural Student Coalition
  • Unity Graduation Brunch to celebrate all ALANA and LGBTQIA graduates with their affinity regalia

The Passport First Year Exploration Program

Class of 2024 Sign-up

A great resource that the Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers is the Passport First Year Exploration Program. Passport is a program within the ALANA Student Network established in 2016 through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This introductory program provides academic support, peer-to-peer guidance, cultural and leadership development for first-year students who identify as African, Latino/a, Asian, and Native American.

First year students are referred to as Protégés because, by definition, they are “a person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person.” This person is a returning student that we refer to as a Diversity Ambassador. Protégés will be paired with a Diversity Ambassador at the end of the Pre-Arrival Experience.

ALANA Student Network

All of the NEC affinity groups fall under the ALANA Student Network. These are considered branches of our family, ensuring that we are as inclusive as possible in our ever-expanding diversity work. We are very aware that diversity is intersectional and multilayered, therefore leveraging the student leadership within affinity groups enables our mission and vision to permeate multiple layers of the institution.

  • Amazing Minority Girls Unite (AMGU)
  • Multicultural Student Coalition
  • My Brother’s Keeper
  • The Sisterhood
  • Queer Straight Alliance
  • West African Student Association
  • The Rising Stars Dance Team

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! To express an interest in a program, or if you have any questions, please contact India Barrows, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, at diversity@nec.edu or 603.428.2293.