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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. This is an exciting time for our institution and we are thrilled for the Class of 2021 to join us!

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. Remember, you belong here!

ODI Mission and Vision Statements

Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is dedicated to providing intentional programs and services which 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 multiply 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 and Programs

The ODI events are open to all NEC students, faculty, and staff.

Annual Events*

  • Cultural Heritage Celebrations
    • Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15th-October 15th
    • National Native American Heritage Month: November
    • Black History Month: February
    • Women’s History Month: March
    • Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May
  • The ALANA Student Network provides a support system for all African, Latino/a, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) students. 
  • LGBTQ – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community
    • LGBT History Month/National Coming Out Day
    • Safe Zone Training (open to everyone)
    • Lavender Graduation Reception
  • Race In The Academy
  • Spring Semi-Formal

*Please see our online calendar for details on these events as they become available.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Diversity Ambassador

The Diversity Ambassador is an undergraduate student-leader position that provides opportunities to enhance interpersonal and professional skills.  Diversity Ambassadors assist with the advocacy, training, and development of all students. 

Graduate Assistantship

The Graduate Assistantship position provides an individual with opportunities to develop and/or improve upon the required multicultural competencies needed to serve all students within a higher education setting.  

Student Organizations

Aspiring Minds is our student diversity group on campus that embraces all backgrounds and cultures.  Students in this group help to educate the NEC community through guest speakers, films, travel trips, and more.

NEC QSA (Queer Straight Alliance) is an organization open to everyone that supports students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allies of this population.  Students in this group offer a safe space to be who you are by celebrating and promoting different events such as National Day of Silence, National Coming Out Day, and LGBTQ Pride Month.

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 or 603.428.2293.