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Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion L.E.A.D.S you toward creating a more diverse and inclusive campus community!

  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will LISTEN. It is our goal to listen to all students in hopes that we can develop a firmer understanding of student needs and interest around furthering the creation of a more inclusive and accepting campus community.
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will EDUCATE. One of our primary responsibilities is to educate the Longwood community on topics concerning human and cultural differences. It is not only our mission to advance students' understanding and appreciation for diversity through programs and activities designed to challenge personal and social misconceptions, but it is also our goal to provide opportunities to develop new ideologies and perceptions about various cultures and social identities as they exist throughout our society.
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will ADVOCATE. Beyond educating the campus community, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion understands its role in advocating for students when campus policies and procedures are designed and enacted. When involved in tough policy conversations, the first priority of ODI is to ensure that the rights and needs of students from all identities and or backgrounds are not only considered, but understood.
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will DEVELOP. Research has shown that students from historically underrepresented populations often experience a much more challenging transition into college, which can have adverse affects on their overall success, matriculation, and development. Whether it be providing opportunities for student involvement in organizations specific to the needs of various social or cultural groups, or providing academic assistance, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is designed to assist students with their social and academic development as they matriculate throughout the collegiate career at Longwood University.
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will SUPPORT. Whatever the specific needs are of students from various historically underrepresented populations, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to supporting students to ensure that their experience at Longwood is enjoyable and fruitful, so they too graduate and transcend into socially conscious citizen leaders for the common good. 

What are the Benefits of Diversity at Colleges and Universities?

"A racially and ethnically diverse university student body has far-ranging and significant benefits for all students, non-minorities and minorities alike. Students learn better in a diverse educational environment, and they are better prepared to become active participants in our pluralistic, democratic society once they leave such a setting"

"Higher education is especially influential when its social milieu is different from the community background from which the students come, and when it is diverse enough and complex enough to encourage intellectual experimentation"

"Students learn more and think in deeper, more complex ways in a diverse educational environment."

Expert report of Patricia Gurin


Chinese Staff and students at a function

Learning Outcomes

ODI Student Learning Objectives:

  • ODI Programs and services will inform and educate students on the variations of cultural and human differences as they exist, in turn, providing opportunities for students to develop into more socially-just and conscious citizen leaders.
  • Students' ability to collaborate across cultural boundaries will be strengthened through involvement in transformative and experiential learning opportunities designed to impact students' knowledge, awareness, attitudes and skills when interacting with those who vary in beliefs and social identities.
  • The academic and social development of students belonging to historically underrepresented social identities will be enhanced through involvement in leadership opportunities intentionally designed to meet their specific needs and interest.

"Many counselors now recognize that cultural issues in counseling do not just pertain to clients from the recognized ethnic groups or minority groups. Rather, in the multicultural settings of North America and elsewhere, cultural difference in all counseling relations are the rule rather that the exception."

Ponterotto et al


"A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess."

Philip Randolph


"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

Ralph Ellison