As a living and learning community, we are committed to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus that does not exclude or marginalize individuals and groups because of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, marital and parental status, disability, age, religion, geography or national origin. 

We seek a campus community that reflects the rich diversity of humanity with the full participation of people who represent the breadth of human differences. 

We believe these commitments are necessary to be a viable and competitive institution of higher learning in the 21st century. They are indispensable in achieving our mission of educating “undergraduate students for productive, creative, and reflective lives of achievement, leadership, and service in a diverse and interconnected world.”

Intergroup Dialogues

This five-session curriculum allows faculty, staff and students to use small-group format to get together to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion topics. This is done by using personal stories, developing relationships and addressing difficult topics with the same members over a semester period. Individuals who complete a five-session curriculum have the opportunity to serve as a moderator for future Intergroup Dialogues for others to participate in. 

Research has shown increased levels of understanding, relationship-building and reduced levels of prejudice based on the contact hypothesis theory. For more information on how to participate, please contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence.

Affinity Groups

Faculty & Staff of Color

Members: Stacey Pearson-Wharton, Eric Hinton, María Muñoz

The mission of the Faculty and Staff of Color Group is to promote the interests and advocate for underrepresented members of the faculty and staff.

This organization was created to:

  • Foster an open-minded environment in which issues of inclusive, equity and bias can be effectively identified, directly challenged and intelligently discussed.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of issues of concern to faculty and staff of color.
  • Promote the recruitment and retention, promotion and tenure, professional development, and advancement of faculty and staff of color.
  • Provide a mutually supportive social and cultural community.
  • Expand and strengthen the relationship and involvement of faculty and staff of color with the wider university community. 

LGBTQ+

Members:  Hansanthika Sirisena, Michaeline Shuman

The LGBTQ+ group exists as a safe space for LGBTQ+ faculty and staff on campus to share joys and concerns and to advocate for inclusive policies and attitudes on campus.

International Faculty and Staff

Members:  Rachana Sachdev, Pavithra Vivekanand, Daryl Rodgers, Francia Moyer, Pat Polwitoon

Events throughout the year celebrate our diverse community. They include:

  • Umoja Welcome and Graduation Ceremonies — Umoja, which is the Swahili word for unity, celebrates students of color entering and leaving the Susquehanna community.
  • MLK Week — We commemorate the legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. annually in a weeklong celebration including a Winter Convocation, a day of service and a chapel service that is open to the public.
  • Black History Month — Each year, we offer a variety of events in celebration of Black History Month.
  • Let's Talk Lunches — The Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosts weekly Let's Talk lunches, where students, faculty and staff can enjoy pizza and thought-provoking discussion. Topics have included feminism, mental health, social media and microaggressions.
  • Lavender Graduation — This event honors lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students by acknowledging their achievements and contributions.
Michael Dixon

Department: President
Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer

Email Address dixonmichael@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4049

  • Statement on Diversity and Inclusivity — As a living, learning and working community, we affirm our commitment to developing and sustaining lifetime connections with students.
  • Statement on Ethical Living — We believe that there are many ideals of ethical living centered on justice rather than mere self-interest, respect rather than hatred, and cooperation rather than aggression.
  • Non-Discrimination Statement — We do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.
  • Bias Incident Reporting — Report if you or someone you know experienced an incident of bias.
Malia Simon

Malia Simon '21

"In Hong Kong I learned the importance of the power of stories and how using your voice and truly chasing the dreams you seek your whole lifetime will take you places you can never imagine."

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Baktash Ahadi

Baktash Ahadi '05

"Studying social sciences gave me a greater appreciation and solid foundation for understanding the importance of identity, social structures, culture, economics and politics." 

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Bryan Majors

Bryan Majors '10

"As a proud graduate of Susquehanna, with a master's degree and my own business, I'm reaping the results of all the hard work I've put in."

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Ashley Harman

Ashley Harman '10

"The mentorship I received at SU was exactly the right mix of encouragement and tough love."

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