Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sweet Briar is committed to promoting equity and understanding through education, cultural awareness and the celebration of differences. We believe that diversity enriches the college experience, prepares our students for a global society and contributes to a more just and equitable world.

Committed to Action

In 2020, Sweet Briar created a Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to develop an action plan related to campus culture, academics and institutional history. The taskforce, comprising faculty, staff and students, met weekly and engaged various campus constituencies to identify issues of concern. The task force’s report revealed prevailing good will, but a need to cultivate a sense of community, heightened cultural sensitivity and a more inclusive environment respectful of varied experiences and individual choice.

We recognize that there is still work to be done, but are proud of the steps we have already taken to show our commitment, such as:

  • Created a standing committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Conducted a campus climate study.

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  • Established a bias reporting system.
  • Hired a Multicultural Student Services Manager.
  • Established a Multicultural Center.
  • Created the Multicultural Communities Council.
  • Approved a faculty statement of diversity, equity and inclusion to be included in all syllabi.
  • Integrated the plantation burial ground on campus into the Founders’ Day festivities.

In addition to this list of accomplishments, other steps of the action plan are in process and regularly reviewed by the standing committee.