The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement produces and supports programming to enhance the lives of the Springfield College community. Signature Programs support students, faculty, staff, and the greater community with opportunities to come together across lines of identity and difference.
Some of our programs include:
Courageous Conversations – Members of the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement and title sponsor, Berkshire Bank, created the Courageous Conversation Series. The goal of the Series is to bring increased awareness to dismantling and interrupting bias, racism, xenophobia, and the like, as we strive to be a campus where all feel and know that they belong regardless of our differences.
Sports and Social Justice Symposium – The unofficial kickoff to the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame induction weekend, the Sports and Social justice Symposium is the marriage of social justice and sport. Each year we feature a social justice pioneer or diversity and inclusion advocate. During the symposium, a current Springfield College student-athlete is recognized with the Tom Wadell Leveling the Playing Field Award. Wadell ‘59 is a Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame member who devoted his life to issues of social justice. This award is given annually to an athlete who has worked diligently to build a world that is more fair and just. This annual event is held in April and is free and open to the public. It is supported by the Dr. Tom Waddell ’59 Fund. For more information on the fund, or to make a gift, visit springfield.edu/giving.
A Day to Confront Racism – In conjunction with members of the Springfield College Legacy Alumni of Color, the Springfield College community set aside March 25 for A Day to Confront Racism, which featured workshops and conversations to confront racism, power, privilege, and prejudice. This date also is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade, the impetus for this daylong event.
Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture – In March, we come together to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., H’64, and the history of inclusion and diversity at Springfield College. The series was launched in 2014 on the 50th anniversary of King’s visit to Springfield. Students, faculty, staff, and the greater community are invited to attend.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards –The Springfield College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award recognizes an outstanding College student, staff or faculty member, and Springfield community member who demonstrates a dedication to leadership and the ability to create a setting in which the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion is paramount.
Education and Leadership Luncheon – Springfield College has teamed up in a big way with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Beta Sigma Boulé, the Springfield chapter of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, to inspire and celebrate the excellence of Springfield’s youth. Basketball Hall of Fame inductees engage, inspire, and even take selfies with the audience, including Springfield College student-athletes and 50 Springfield high school students, who are chosen to attend based on their merit, grit, perseverance, and character. This annual event takes place at Springfield College, also known as the Birthplace of Basketball®, during enshrinement week in September.