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The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion seeks to empower students from all communities


The Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI) seeks to empower ESU students, faculty, and staff from all communities to improve their experiences by increasing access and equity within academic, civic, and co-curricular spaces. The DDEI is dedicated to fostering a campus environment where every individual feels valued, supported, and empowered to thrive academically, personally, and professionally. Through a comprehensive approach that integrates Basic Needs initiatives, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Intercultural Center, and the TRIO programs, we aim to create a vibrant and inclusive community through intentional continuous advocacy, education, dialogue, and support to influence campus culture and promote inclusive excellence.


  1. Success through Support: We are committed to providing equitable access to education and resources through our TRIO programs. By offering academic support, mentorship, individualized tutoring, and enrichment opportunities, we empower students from historically excluded populations, including first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities, to excel academically and pursue their goals with confidence.
  2. Empowerment through Education: Through the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, you can put together a flexible program for motivated students looking to engage with their college education on a fundamental level. Through interdisciplinary approaches, we aim to address complex societal challenges and promote innovative solutions that benefit diverse communities. By fostering a culture of curiosity and collaboration, we cultivate a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives and promote inclusive excellence in scholarship and creative endeavors.
  3. Cultural Awareness and Community Building: The Intercultural Center serves as a space for cultural exchange, dialogue, and celebration. We strive to create a welcoming and affirming space where individuals from all backgrounds can engage in meaningful conversations, share their experiences, and cultivate mutual understanding. Through cultural programming, advocacy, and outreach efforts, we promote social justice, equity, and inclusion, fostering a sense of belonging and interconnectedness within our campus community.
  4. Meeting Basic Needs and Enhancing Well-being: We recognize that access to basic needs, such as food, housing, and healthcare, is essential for student success and well-being. Through our Basic Needs initiatives, we provide comprehensive support services, including emergency assistance, connection to federal and state resources, and access to essentials such as school supplies, hygiene products, and food through Corky's Cupboard. By addressing systemic barriers and advocating for policy changes, we work to ensure that all members of our community have the resources they need to thrive.

Through collaborative partnerships, proactive advocacy, and ongoing assessment, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across our campus and beyond. By embracing our differences and leveraging our collective strengths, we aspire to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive society for all.