A Diverse Community

Diversity is a natural condition of the modern world, and something that we celebrate at Amherst. And, not coincidentally, it is a foundational part of an Amherst education and our community.

Diversity Programs for Prospective Students

Amherst is proud of its work to recruit, admit and enroll a diverse student body. As part of these efforts, the Office of Admission hosts Access to Amherst (A2A) to introduce prospective applicants to Amherst's campus, student body, faculty, and classes. Diversity Outreach Interns provide information and personal perspectives on what the Amherst College community has to offer.

Nine diversity interns, each smiling and wearing a purple t-shirt

Meet Our Diversity Outreach Interns

Our Diversity Outreach Interns are Amherst students who work with the Office of Admission to reach out to prospective students from different cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Converse Hall in autumn

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion works collaboratively to support and sustain the growth of a just, equitable, vibrant, and intellectually challenging educational environment.

a student speaks at the Amherst Uprising

Taking Action Against Racism

Amherst College is committed to taking action against racism. Find the College’s 17-point anti-racism plan, community support, racial justice resources, and more.

The Board of Trustees’s Statement on Diversity

“We will continue to give special importance to the inclusion within our student body, our faculty and our staff of talented persons from groups that have experienced prejudice and disadvantage. We do so for the simplest, but most urgent, of reasons: because the best and the brightest people are found in many places, not few; because our classrooms and residence halls are places of dialogue, not monologue; because teaching and learning at their best are conversations with persons other than ourselves about ideas other than our own.”

—From the Amherst College Trustees’ Statement on Diversity

staff members sitting together talking at a Human Resources event

Inclusive Leadership

The Office of Inclusive Leadership leverages the diverse talents, experiences, and perspectives of Amherst’s staff to build an inclusive work culture.

Photos of the panelist speaking at a discussion about the Black student athlete experience at Amherst.

Past | Present | Future

A discussion of the past, present, and future of the Black student-athlete experience at Amherst College.

Sonia Sanchez, the first Black woman faculty member at Amherst, teaches a class in the early 1970s

Black Women of Amherst: A Storytelling Project

Hear the untold stories of Black women of Amherst and tell your own story. This project celebrates alumnae, students, faculty, staff, potential students and future generations. 

William Turner wearing a white doctor's jacket.

The Wade Fellowship

Wade Fellows contribute an important voice on diversity and inclusion at Amherst. Learn about the Fellowship and read about our current Wade Fellow, Dr William C. Turner ’94.