Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At Hamilton, we embrace diversity, commit to work against systemic racism and bigotry, and support a community where all individuals, without exception, feel valued, empowered, and treated fairly.
Our mission to prepare students for lives of meaning, purpose, and active citizenship is inextricably tied to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Serious intellectual inquiry and informed engagement with our ever-changing world depend on open dialogue among people with differing perspectives and values, and from different backgrounds.
The work of achieving an inclusive, equitable community is of paramount importance. Hamilton is continually striving to make further progress through positive action, change, and growth.
Why are diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities on our campus?
Some members of our community feel that they are not treated equitably due to their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, physical ability, religion, socioeconomic status, or other factors. That’s not acceptable. At Hamilton, we celebrate diversity in all forms because our community benefits from the perspectives we share and the mutual respect we show one another. An appreciation for our differences connects us and is essential to providing the best education possible.
How are we working toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community?
We have work to do to be the community we aim to be. The College has made it a priority to develop and execute a comprehensive plan of action to effect sustainable, meaningful change in the short- and long-term. An Advisory Council, with broad representation, recommended further courses of sustainable action, informed by careful listening sessions with individuals and groups. See updates on our progress.
How can you help?
Building a community where everyone feels included, valued, and respected will take consistent effort from each one of us. We must all listen. We must elevate underrepresented voices. We must speak up against inequity, systemic racism, and bigotry. Join the conversation by sharing your ideas with Maria Genao-Homs, associate dean of diversity and inclusion, via Speak Up.
Proudly First (Gen)
From faculty and staff to students, Hamilton counts among its members many who are the first in their families to attend college. Our FirstUp initiative is an annual celebration of all first-generation community members on College Hill.
Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics, presented a summary of her research on gender diversity on bank boards of directors at an American Bankers Association (ABA) Open Forum on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in October. Her research titled “The performance benefits of a more gender-diverse board of directors,” is available online and will be in print in the ABA Banking Journal in January.
On Sunday, June 25, the New York City Pride Parade took place on the streets of Manhattan, celebrating sexuality and advocating for social and political change. Among the hundreds of thousands of attendees were 32 Hamilton students on a trip organized by the Days-Massolo Center (DMC) and Gender and Sexuality Union, whose planning and funding made this opportunity possible for the second year in a row.