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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.

What Is Inclusive Leadership?

At Amherst College, all people embody the potential to be an inclusive leader. Inclusive leadership describes the attitudes and behaviors that help drive meaningful and necessary change.

Inclusive leadership encompasses initiative, influence, integrity and vision; setting examples by doing, challenging oneself to grow both personally and professionally, and effectively collaborating. Not all people hold traditional leadership roles or titles, but all people can develop their inclusive leadership capabilities in order to strengthen their skills and positively impact the culture of the college.

Why Inclusive Leadership?

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

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

Inclusive Leadership:

  • Creates an inclusive culture that leverages diverse talents
  • Builds trust through equity, candor, transparency
  • Motivates all employees to innovate, excel, grow personally and professionally; clears the path for them to do so
  • Champions the value and importance of D&I through equitable practices including hiring, development, promotion & retention
  • Helps position staff as key partners in building a diverse and inclusive community
  • Empowers and supports change agents
  • Allows all employees to bring their best selves to their work
  • Furthers the mission and values of the institution

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