Diversity & Multiculturalism
The Keene State College priority of “diversity in community, curriculum and co-curriculum” is intimately connected with our other priorities of “academic excellence and student success” and institutional effectiveness, sustainability and financial stability.”
Diversity in perspective, community, ideas and thoughts are core aspects of innovation and advancement. It will take creative and innovative thinkers rooted in an understanding of diversity to help develop sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the United States and the world. It is imperative to provide educational opportunities to adequately prepare students to meet these challenges.
The Diversity and Multiculturalism Office provides institutional leadership of diversity initiatives; policy and practice development; programming; recruitment and retention efforts of underrepresented faculty, staff, and students; and creation of a strategic inclusive excellence plan for the campus. The Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism is available for consultation on a wide range of issues associated with diversity, multiculturalism and social justice.
Keene State College (KSC) is engaged in an effort to build a community that reflects the diversity of society. Human Resources (HR) helps KSC meet that effort by supporting recruitment efforts for qualified faculty and staff as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. HR also has a responsibility to all employees – including students - for ensuring a workplace free of harassment and discriminatory harassment and serves as an intake office for concerns of that nature.
Every year, between five to ten percent of the KSC student population participates in some type of global academic experience – from semester programs to summer possibilities to KSC faculty-led courses with an international component. The world can truly be your classroom!
The Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism promotes a campus environment in which differences between people are recognized, understood, and accepted in all areas of academic and community life; addresses issues and concerns related to the multiple dimensions of diversity including but not limited to age, class, culture, differing physical and learning abilities, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation; and serves as an advocate and catalyst for continued learning and growth in the understanding of diversity so that students, staff, and faculty are engaged participants in an increasingly diverse world.
The Campus Commission on the Status of Women is an institutional advisory committee consisting of faculty, staff, and students appointed by the President to improve the quality of life for women on this campus. The CCSW seeks to support and empower women, respect and value their work, celebrate their accomplishments, provide role models and mentors, and create a supportive campus network.
Aspire provides students with a wide range of academic services designed to enhance success. The program works with students to improve their academic performance in classes, and increase the likelihood that first-generation college students, income-eligible students, and students with documented disabilities will graduate.
Keene State College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement is the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL). CALL is an educational program aimed at adults ages 55 and older. Classes cover a wide range of liberal arts topics at very low cost to participants.
The Office of Disability Services coordinates reasonable accommodations and provides services to students with disabilities to ensure that all activities and programs are accessible. ODS works to promote disability awareness through outreach and education to the campus and the community. Through partnerships with students, faculty and staff, ODS strives to develop the independence and self-advocacy skills of students while supporting the learning experience through a network of campus resources.
KSC's Global Education Office is the campus hub for academic study-away experiences and international student support. GEO is involved in supporting campus internationalization, including faculty-led international courses and programs.
Multicultural Student Affairs Office
The Multicultural Student Affairs Office works with students by providing support, mentoring, advocacy, outreach, referral sources and diversity and multicultural related programming to enhance the academic and personal success of all students, but specifically underrepresented students (racial minorities, international students, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered students, low income, etc.).
Keene State College’s Veteran Support Services (VSS) implements and coordinates academic and social support programs that enable KSC veteran students to gain the greatest benefit from their educational experience.
Among many organizations available for student participation and enrichment, many (including Active Minds, Common Ground, Delta Xi Phi multicultural sorority, Fair Trade Club, Feminist Collective, Global Culture Club, Interfaith Voices, KSC Pride, Newman Student Organization) specifically seek to engage students around issues of diversity in sex and gender, ability, race, ethnicity, class, orientation, and religion.