What Is Inclusive Leadership?

Inclusive leadership transcends positions and titles, and fosters attitudes and behaviors that lead to an inclusive work culture, driving meaningful change. Inclusive leadership encompasses initiative, influence, integrity and vision. All staff at Amherst can participate as inclusive leaders—growing personally and professionally; collaborating effectively; and making decisions that empower all employees. Together we can help further the mission and values of the college. 


Upcoming Trainings for Staff

  • Navigating & Supporting Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace
    September 27, October 26
    Navigate and support trans and nonbinary identities in our workplace.
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  • Hiring for Diversity & Inclusion
    October 6, November 8, December 7
    Learn best practices for achieving a diverse candidate pool and an inclusive search process.
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  • Identity & Inclusion Part 1
    October 18, November 14
    Explore and reflect on our own identities as we work towards intentionally inclusive communities.
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Into the Future

See our long-term goals and the steps we’ll be taking in the coming years.

Why Inclusive Leadership?

We have learned from both empirical studies and experience that highly engaged, well-managed, diverse teams far outperform their counterparts. At Amherst College, we firmly believe that inclusive leadership is a key component to each of these conditions.

Inclusive leadership:

  • creates an inclusive culture that leverages diverse talents;
  • builds trust through equity, candor and transparency;
  • motivates all employees to innovate, excel and grow, both personally and professionally, and clears the path for them to do so;
  • champions the value and importance of diversity and inclusion through equitable practices, including hiring, development, promotion and retention;
  • helps position staff as key partners in building a diverse and inclusive community;
  • empowers change agents.

People don’t change just because they’re educated and motivated; they change because the cultures that they are a part of begin to call them to new behaviors.”—Howard Ross, Reinventing Diversity

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Mission

The Office of Inclusive Leadership leverages diverse talents, experiences and perspectives to competitively position Amherst College as an employer of choice and strengthen our positive impact on the communities we serve. Through our work with individuals and departments, we aspire to foster a diverse and inclusive culture where all employees incorporate a heightened self-awareness into their understanding of and interactions with others, where opportunities for growth and development are meaningful, transparent, and readily accessible, and where organizational policies and practices support a highly engaged, diverse workforce. See our specific goals and action list.

Diversity and ability complement one another: the better the individual fruits, the better the fruit basket, and the better the other fruit, the better the apple.”—Scott Page, The Difference

Dina R. Levi

Dina R. Levi

Director of Inclusive Leadership

105-B Converse Hall

Pronouns: she/her

Dina Levi serves as the Director of Inclusive Leadership. Dina brings a passion for issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice, and for helping organizations create a culture shift towards one of intentional inclusion. Dina works collaboratively to bring strategic alignment that supports Amherst’s overall D&I mission and vision through development of personal cultural competency, inclusive leadership, and community engagement. Dina provides overall leadership and management of the Amherst Fellows Program and general assistant and support of diversity and inclusion training and development. Dina works to create infrastructure around diversity and inclusive leadership development across all segments of the employee community.