Diversity and
Inclusion at Lehigh

"Lehigh can best achieve its mission to educate, research and serve by enhancing diversity. When we work on the hardest, most complex problems, or when we want to prepare our students to succeed in a complex world, the diversity of people and viewpoints on campus is critical to our success. Therefore, we need to work to ensure that Lehigh is a place that creates a diverse academic community in which all people feel the confidence to express their views."

Nathan Urban
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Plan 2021-2026

Lehigh is committed to being an institution that strives to enhance diversity, inclusion and equity. Our ongoing goal is to ensure that all members of our community feel safe, valued and welcome. We have made important progress in strengthening our ability to listen, learn, adapt, improve, challenge, change and lead. We have much more work to do, and this work will evolve over time. Join us.

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Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Plan

A message sent to members of the Lehigh community. 

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$2.5 Million Gift to Create the Marcon Institute

The gift from Charles Marcon will be dedicated to social justice.

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On Antiracism, Author Beverly Tatum Says ‘If We Wait for Perfection, We’ll Never Get Started’

During the virtual discussion hosted by the MLK Celebration Committee, Tatum urged individuals and institutions to take action.

At a Glance

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Members of the Council for Equity and Community, a committee made up of Lehigh faculty, staff, and students committed to serving as a campus resource and agent of cultural change.

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Diversity and inclusion working groups have been established across a majority of units at the university. The creation of these groups is designed to provide opportunity for broad and sustained engagement around diversity issues.

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Students, faculty and staff were trained on gender violence prevention, reporting and resources during the 2014-15 academic year

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Social Justice Scholars, a collaborative faculty scholars group that explores the intersection of social equality and research.

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Members of Lehigh’s Pride Network, an organization that provides support for LGBTQ faculty and staff, and a place for allies and advocates who are interested in fostering and sustaining a welcoming and affirming climate on campus for LGBTQ people.

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Staff and faculty who have attended series diversity and inclusion workshops given by the VISIONS Group, which offers an insight-driven training and consulting model that empowers clients to become catalysts for change within their communities.

Living Lives of Consequence

Is a truly equitable campus achievable?

"When we talk about an equitable culture, we are really referring to a culture of equity versus a culture of equal opportunity."
—Dr. Donald A. Outing, Vice President for Equity and Community

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