Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement | Springfield College

Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement

The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement promotes and maintains a campus culture of inclusive excellence while simultaneously providing the extended community with a central point of contact for those wishing to explore ways they can connect with and support the College’s outreach efforts. The division provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to lead, live, learn, work, and play across lines of identity and difference.

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion aims to cultivate and sustain a campus climate that is inclusive, student-centered, pluralistic, and safe.

The Office of AmeriCorps offers the opportunity to engage in service that meets the critical educational needs of Springfield youth. 

The Office of YMCA Relations educates, inspires, and engages all students to strengthen the YMCA leadership pipeline. 

Springfield College Multicultural Fund

Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Enrollment Data (2016 - 2020)

Land Acknowledgement

The Springfield College Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Commitment

Springfield College is committed to building a stronger community, recognizing that our students, faculty, staff, and alumni enrich us through their distinctiveness, their experiences, and their perspectives. Over the next 12-18 months we will strengthen our campus culture by focusing on the following broad areas, each grounded in our Humanics mission.

In our efforts, we will define diversity as broadly as possible, understanding that our learning and living community is enhanced by all perspectives. Similarly, we recognize that this work is developmental in nature and, importantly, we affirm the value of all voices and welcome the vulnerability that precedes growth.

Commitment Pillars

  • We will increase diverse representation in our faculty, staff, and students.
  • We will encourage engagement and courageous participation in programs and conversations.
  • We will contribute, lead, and serve in our local community.
  • We will educate for social justice, advocacy, and action in our curricular and co-curricular programs.
  • We will recognize the College’s complex history related to race and social justice, seeking to use the past as a tool for learning and a foundation for future action.

Springfield College recognizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as core values. The quality of the campus experience is strengthened through working and learning with people from diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. Our goal is not only to make a difference among our community, but to improve equity and justice for all on a global scale.

More on our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Anti-Oppression Resources

Grant Hill speaks at Springfield College.
Signature Programs

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 work, live, and play across lines of identity and difference.

Students outside the Massachusetts State House.
Student Engagement

The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement offers special events, educational travel, and scholarship opportunities that support, celebrate, and help give voice to a diverse student body. 

Employee group discussion.
Employee Engagement

The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement provides events, programming, and discussion opportunities along lines of differences, shared experiences, and fundamental humanity for employees on the Springfield campus and all regional campuses.

Office of Inclusion delivers baseball gloves to children in the community.
Community Engagement

The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement promotes diversity and inclusion among all constituents of the College and connects and promotes the College's resources to our neighbors through partnerships as well as events, programming, and various learning opportunities. 

The Springfield College community strives to create a place where all members feel safe and welcomed. Through our policies, practices, and daily actions, we are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment. We do not tolerate discrimination or marginalization of any kind, and find such behavior unacceptable within our community. We believe our campus is stronger when all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, socioeconomic status, size, diversity of thought, or veteran status feel secure. We hold all members responsible for creating and maintaining a welcoming and safe Springfield College community.

Springfield College students

Faces of Diversity

As part of an ongoing project on the Springfield Stories blog, the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement have asked staff and faculty to share their stories in a series of posts called "Faces of Diversity." The goal is to celebrate the wonderful differences within the Springfield College community through storytelling while learning a little about ourselves and each other in the process.

A childhood photo of Li Jin posed with her father and uncle.

Hatred has no place at Springfield College. As a campus community, we have the fortitude and courage to end hate. In fall 2020, a group of students, faculty, and staff came together to discuss ways that we as a community could be more welcoming and inclusive.

Because hatred has no place here, we have chosen to launch a campaign titled "Educate. End Hate." We welcome community engagement and involvement in making Springfield College a place where all feel safe, welcomed, and affirmed.

Graduate Students sit in chairs laughing
Embracing the Promise of Tomorrow

Read the 2017-2022 Inclusion Strategic Plan for Springfield College.

7th grade students visiting campus sitting on Springfield College sign
Pre-collegiate Outreach

Interested in bringing your group of students to visit Springfield College?

Calvin Hill talks with people in the community as they do crafts.
In the Community

Does your community organization want Springfield College represented at your event? 

Students in the Social Justice and Health Professions Academy sit on the Springfield College sign on the Naismith Green
Explore Our High School Youth Programs

Are you a high school student looking to get involved with Springfield College?


Springfield College is a participating institution that believes in communicating the statement that #YouAreWelcomeHere. We welcome international students from around the world and affirm that our institution embraces diversity and offers a friendly and safe environment committed to student development.  


Springfield College All-College Gender & Sexuality Alliance

The Springfield College All-College Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is composed of students and employees who are committed to reducing inequality faced by LGBTQ+ people at Springfield College and beyond. This includes (but is not limited to) gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming people. We have an email list, meet once every two to three weeks, generate campus programming, and engage in other activities. For more information, please contact David McMahon at dmcmahon@springfield.edu or Charlene Elvers at celvers@springfield.edu.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone helps to create a more accepting, affirming, supportive, inclusive, and equal environment for LGBTQ individuals at Springfield College through educational training sessions for faculty members, staff members, and students. Sessions are designed to generate greater awareness, knowledge, empathy, and commitment to action regarding issues, concerns, and inequality related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Springfield College is committed to valuing and validating the gender identity and expression of members of the campus community. For more information about gender pronouns and how to use gender inclusive language, click here.

To learn more, contact Elizabeth Morgan at emorgan2@springfield.edu.

All Gender Restroom Locations

All Gender Restroom Locations on Campus

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessible

  • Administration Building
    • First floor
  • Athletic Training/Exercise Science Facility
    • First floor
  • Alumni Relations House
    • First floor
  • Blake
    • Second Floor
  • Brennan Center
    • First Floor, near kitchen
  • Counseling Center (located in the Towne Health Center)
    • First floor
  • Flynn Campus Union
    • First floor
  • Harold C. Smith Learning Commons
    • First, second, third, and fourth floors
  • Health Sciences Center
    • Basement and first floor
  • Lakeside Hall
    • Third floor
  • Marsh Memorial
    • Garden Level
  • Massasoit Hall
    • Basement, first, second, and third floors
  • Reed Hall
    • First floor
  • Stitzer Welcome Center at Judd Gymnasia (Admissions)
    • First floor

Non-ADA Accessible

  • Abbey-Appleton Hall
    • Basement
  • Administration Building
    • Basement
  • Child Development Center
    • First floor
  • Counseling Center (located in the Towne Health Center)
    • First floor
  • Facilities Management
    • First floor
  • Gulick Hall
    • 1B
  • Harold C. Smith Learning Commons
    • First, second, third, and fourth floors
  • Health Center (located in the Towne Health Center)
    • First floor
  • Health Sciences Center
    • First floor
  • Hickory Hall
    • Second floor
  • P.E. Complex
    • Second floor
  • Schoo Bemis Science Center
    • Basement and first floor
  • Weiser Hall
    • Basement
    • First floor
    • Third floor