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.

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.

Student Office Hours - Keefe Campus Center

Staff and Faculty Office Hours - Frost Library

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Events

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

Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Nikki Giovanni with hand on chin holding glasses

Nikki Giovanni - MLK/Black History Month Keynote Speaker

More information will follow about the event. Here is a brief biography in Nikki Giovanni's own words.

"I was asked to do a biography so this is it. I am 71 years old. I highly recommend old age; it’s fun. I have been awarded an unprecedented 7 NAACP Image Awards which makes me very very proud. I have been nominated for a Grammy; been a finalist for the National Book Award. I am very proud to have authored 3 New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers, highly unusual for a poet. I am a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. I don’t have a lot of friends but I have good ones. I have a son and a granddaughter. My father, mother, sister and middle aunt are all deceased literarily making me go from being the baby in the family to being an elder. I like to cook, travel and dream. I’m a writer. I’m happy."

A photo of Nadia Biassou

The Wade Fellowship

Wade Fellows contribute an important voice on diversity and inclusion at Amherst. Learn about the Fellowship and read about our current Wade Fellow, Dr. Nadia Biassou '88.

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.