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

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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. 

Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management

The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Human Resources at Amherst College are proud to offer a complimentary event featuring guest speaker, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.

"The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices" will be presented in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall, located on the Amherst College campus. This is a complimentary event and a grab-n-go lunch will be provided at the end of the event.

Registration Required

Tue, Jan 22, 2019

Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director

MKL Symposium Keynote Speaker Dr. Shakti Butler

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Anthony Ocampo, associate professor of sociology in California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Mentoring 101: How to Get What You Need to Thrive in the Academy

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are pleased to offer a workshop from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

"Mentoring 101: How to Get What You Need to Thrive in the Academy" will be facilitated by Anthony Ocampo, associate professor of sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Anthony will lead this discussion of faculty mentoring, which will focus on cultivating strong and reliable mentoring networks.

This workshop will be particularly informative for early-career faculty, but will also be helpful to those who serve as their mentors.

Rosemarie Roberts, associate professor of dance at Connecticut College

Writing Your Next Chapter: How to Find Your Mojo at Mid-Career

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall (E110)

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are pleased to offer a workshop from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

"Writing Your Next Chapter: How to Find Your Mojo at Mid-Career" will be facilitated by Rosemarie Roberts, associate professor of dance at Connecticut College. Rosemarie will lead this discussion of issues surrounding publishing, managing research productivity in the face of administrative obligations, identifying a course for post-tenure mentorship, and maintaining inspiration for intellectual projects.

This workshop is most relevant for mid-career faculty, but faculty at all ranks will find the information that is offered to be useful.

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.