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As part of Elmira College’s efforts to generate a diverse and inclusive community on campus, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) was established to enrich the student experience.

Through a three-fold approach, DEI is focused on supporting students, enriching the campus community, and collaborating with staff and faculty to provide a holistic service to students across disciplines. 

Elmira College is dedicated to attracting and retaining students from diverse backgrounds to our campus. Our Mission to help students become globally engaged students is accomplished, in part, by attracting and retaining a diverse student population.

Students crowd the IDEA center for the Taste of Home event

The IDEA Center 

The IDEA Center, which stands for Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility, is an area located in the Campus Center designed to provide students with a supportive, student-focused space. The IDEA Center provides a place for students to gather in a casual setting, where student clubs can meet and host programs, and special speakers and events can be featured. 

Student Clubs and Organizations

The Office of DEI is actively engaged with culture-based and gender-based clubs on campus. The office provides advisory support to ensure these clubs have the necessary resources and support to celebrate their culture and initiatives. The Office of DEI also provides leadership development and programs centered around self-care to help ensure the success of the student leadership.  

Students are pictured during the BSU banquet
Two Pride Prom royalty members pose for a picture

Campus Awareness 

In an effort to enrich the campus as a whole, the Office of DEI initiates and implements efforts to spread awareness and celebrate other cultures. From working with dining services and celebrating cultures through food to inviting guest speakers to campus to share life and professional experiences, the College has the opportunity to share in the experience of other cultures together.

Staff and Faculty 

Staff and faculty are a primary source of support for all students at Elmira College. Through collaborative measures, the Office of DEI will join together with faculty and staff across multiple disciplines to generate innovative practices that invoke inclusion and equity for the Elmira College community.

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