Diversity, Belonging, & Equity

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Graduate Diversity, Belonging, and Equity Board

The Board advises the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and the Associate Dean of Graduate Life about institutional changes and initiatives necessary for combating racism, sexism, homophobia and other social obstacles to productive diversity, belonging, and equity for graduate students at Lehigh.  Click the button below to view the current members.

Events

Lehigh University hosts a graduate diversity recruiting event twice a year--in Fall and in Spring. This event gives potential applicants and accepted students an opportunity to learn more about individual programs and Lehigh’s graduate community as a whole. 

 

Holistic Admissions

As part of our prioritization of recruiting and retaining a diverse graduate population, the Lehigh graduate community will undertake a conversation in Fall 2020 about holistic graduate admission.

Wednesday, October 7, 12:00-1:00 pm.

 “What happens to admissions without the GRE/GMAT requirement?” Join Provost Nathan Urban, English Department Graduate Director Deep Singh, Graduate Associate Dean of Business Oliver Yao, and Beth Dolan for a panel discussion and workshop via Zoom. 

Thursday, October 15, 1:00-3:00:

“Fundamentals: Equity in Graduate Admissions.” Led by IGEN (Inclusive Graduate Education Network) and hosted by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, Provost Office, and ODIE.  Program grad admissions groups must join this workshop in order to access the one below. Please register below.

Thursday, October 29, 2:30-5:00:

“Strategies for Equity-Based Holistic Review.” Led by IGEN and hosted by EES, Provost Office, and ODIE.  Program grad admissions groups will workshop strategies for their individual programs. Please register below (you must attend the Oct 15th workshop to participate in this one).

 

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

 In these workshops participants will learn:

  • Introduction to holistic review
  • Data and research about the role of typical admissions criteria and practices in maintaining racial/ethnic inequalities in graduate education
  • The legal landscape for affirmative action & race-conscious admissions
  • Implicit bias in graduate recruitment and admissions
  • Current research on the GRE

The National Graduate Education for Minorities Consortium (GEM)

In 2019, Lehigh University became an institutional member of the National Graduate Education for Minorities Consortium (GEM)-- “GEM is a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.” GEM hosts a number of national conferences and grad labs to prepare students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education (African American, Latinx, and Native American) with support for applying to graduate school. In addition, GEM students join a powerful network of alumni and current GEM fellows and associates. We are proud to be a member of the consortium and share their goal of diversifying higher education and science and engineering industries and national labs.

We are actively recruiting GEM students into our fully funded doctoral programs. For more information, please contact Beth Dolan, Deputy Provost for Graduate Education (bdk3@lehigh.edu), or Henry Odi, Deputy Vice President for Equity and Community and Associate Provost for Academic Diversity (huo0@lehigh.edu).

Advocacy Centers and Resources for Students

The Center for Gender Equity

The Center for Gender Equity is located in the University Center on Packer Campus.  Click here for more information.

Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is located in the University Center on Packer Campus.  Click here for more information.

The Pride Center

The Pride Center is located in the University Center on Packer Campus. Click here for more information.

Chaplain's Office

The Chaplain's Office is located in The Dialogue Center on Taylor Street.  Click here for more information.

Center for Student Access and Success

The Center for Student Access and Success is located in the Alumni Memorial Building on Packer Campus.  Click here for more information.

The Hillel Society of Lehigh University

The Hillel Society of Lehigh is located in the Jewish Student Center.  Click here for more information.

International Student Services

International Student Services is located on both Packer Campus and on Mountaintop Campus. Click here for more information.

LU-WISE (Women in Science and Engineering Club

Lehigh ADVANCE formed a Lehigh University “Women in Science and Engineering, WISE” group in Spring 2011. LU-WISE aims to build community by creating a friendly atmosphere to enable participants to learn about one another and to participate in formal and informal dialogue on various issues at numerous opportunities throughout the year. From networking, to peer mentoring, to professional skill development, join us to support your connections across campus and your career advancement.  Click here for more information.

The Lehigh Institute for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

We are an intellectual home for research that is grounded in the epistemologies and histories of Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the United States. Our work centers and implements frameworks, experiences and perspectives of communities of color in relationship to the world-wide struggles for rights and liberation.  Click here for more information.

Disability Support Services

Lehigh University welcomes students with disabilities and is committed to providing the same opportunities to all Lehigh students.  Policies and procedures have been developed to provide students with as much independence as possible and to promote self-advocacy.  At Disability Support Services, we work closely with students who self-identify in order to ensure equal access to University programs, activities, and services.  Click here for more information. 

The Dialogue Center for Dialogue, Ethics, and Spirituality

The Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality serves the educational mission of Lehigh University by providing space and resources designed to enhance the “ethical and spiritual development” of those who live and work at Lehigh—students, faculty and staff.  Click here for more information.

"At Lehigh, we celebrate our diversity, and we embrace our academic, cultural, economic, and physical differences. We respect one another, we look out for one another, and we help one another succeed. These principles are not just words on paper; they are what we believe in and what we expect of our entire campus community."
Lehigh President John D. Simon