The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (OD&I) at Amherst College works collaboratively to support and sustain the growth of a just, equitable, vibrant, and intellectually challenging educational environment, and a culture of critical and compassionate campus engagement. Through understanding, mutual consideration, and unconditional respect, we work to ensure that all members of the College community are afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential as active participants in our global society.

To learn more, please read OD&I’s Strategic Plan for 2016–2019.

Primary Areas of Focus

While advancing diversity and inclusion covers a wide range of work that affects every facet of the Amherst College community, OD&I’s four primary areas of focus include:

  • Building a Thriving Community
  • Bridging Theory & Practice
  • Inclusive Recruitment and Retention
  • Systemic and Progressive Change

Diversity is about difference—differences we all carry, differences between and among us, but also the differences within identity groups and individuals. A community that takes the time to explore and appreciate the ways in which we live in the world and are affected by it is a community willing to do the work of understanding and change.
—Norm J. Jones, Ph.D., Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Office Hours with Norm Jones

Converse Hall on the campus of Amherst College

Please check this page often (and/or see the Daily Mail/Message Center) for updated information regarding our office hours.

Open Office Hours with Norm Jones
106 Converse Hall

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Events

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion offers several events throughout the year for students, faculty, staff and the Amherst Community. 

There are no upcoming events.
Anthony Jack '07

The Wade Fellowship

Wade Fellows contribute an important voice on diversity and inclusion at Amherst. Learn about the Fellowship and read our news story about 2016 - 2018 Wade Fellow Anthony Jack ’07.

Students in Johnson Chapel during the 2017 Baccalaureate interfaith celebration

Religious Holidays

Find a calendar of holidays and other important dates on Amherst’s Religious & Spiritual Life website.