About Us


Campus Diversity and Student Leadership provides education, support and advocacy to and on behalf of first- generation, low-income, transfer, undocumented/DACA and veteran students. Through programmatic initiatives, resources and services, we foster personal, social and academic success for the student populations we serve.

We create and offer immersive opportunities for co-curricular learning and leadership development. We strive to educate and cultivate leaders who hold a commitment to lifelong learning, self-reflection, social justice and social change.

Number of Meiklejohns

A green circle with the text 281 first-year students

The Meiklejohn Fellows Program provides generous resources,
opportunities, and support to low-income and/or first-generation students at the college.

Communities Served

Undocumented/DACA Student Veterans

Campus Partners

Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning Admission Intensive Advising and Summer Bridge Alumni & Parent Programs

Signature Programs

Next Gen Leadership Institute

Designed for first-generation and/or low-income students to cultivate and highlight existing social and cultural capital in their personal and professional lives.

Spring Transfer Orientation

This new-student orientation welcomes and supports the transition into the Amherst College community for a cohort of transfer students.

Veteran Conferences

Trailblazers Tent Dinner

A celebratory event for graduating first- generation students and families during  commencement weekend.

Students holding up signs saying Welcome to the CDSL