What We Do
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion works to promote an equitable, diverse community at Hendrix. The Office designs and implements sustainable policies, initiatives, and programming to increase and maintain diversity and ensure inclusion among Hendrix students, faculty, staff,
administration, alumni, and the Board of Trustees.
The Office aims to:
- Promote access by creating successful pathways for underrepresented individuals to become members of the Hendrix community
- Enhance campus culture by promoting efforts to create a more equitable, inclusive Hendrix community
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
> The Aspire Program is a competitive cohort-based scholarship program that works to connect students to Hendrix and promote their achievement and vocational advancement. Partners include: Arkansas Commitment, Catholic High School for Boys, Episcopal Collegiate School, KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High, KIPP Delta Collegiate High, League of United Latin American Citizens, Little Rock Central High School, Mount St. Mary Academy, and Pulaski Academy.
> Bridging Alums of Color at Hendrix (BAC@HDX) is a diversity affinity group. Membership is open to all Hendrix alumni (graduates and non-graduates) who self-identify as people of color.
FOCUS (Faculty Of Color Uniting for Success) is a diversity affinity group that works to support, mentor, and provide professional development opportunities for minority faculty who self-identify as people of color.
> 1stGEN@HDX is a program open to all Hendrix students whose parents or guardians did not attain a bachelor's degree. Designed to improve the college experience for first-generation students and their families, this program aims to produce graduates who are prepared for the workforce and graduate school.
> Diversity Ambassadors are students trained to articulate the importance of diversity; develop an understanding of the diversity that exists at Hendrix; promote and engage in campus diversity initiatives; and get others involved in diversity and inclusion efforts at Hendrix through relationship-building.
> First Tuesday Talks are held the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 pm. Co-sponsored by Project Pericles, First Tuesday Talks are dedicated to developing the Hendrix community’s understanding of diversity and inclusive practices. The program asks community members to answer the question, “What is my identity, and how does it enrich my community?" Listen here.
> The Cultural Display Case is a rotating display located across from the Information Desk in the Student Life and Technology Center that celebrates cultures of members of our Hendrix community.
> Diversity Hiring initiatives offer strategic planning to diversify Hendrix's faculty and staff.
> Center for Inclusive Community fundraising to create a center dedicated to supporting underrepresented students
Diverse Organizations and Programming
Several student organizations, administrative offices, and academic departments/committees are sources of valuable support for diverse groups and cultural enrichment for our entire community, including:
Office of Multicultural Student Services sponsors events such as Cultural Candyland, Diversity Acceptance and Openness (DAO) Week, and the Multicultural Expo.
Office of International Programs provides opportunities such as International Ambassadors, International Week, and Study Abroad.
minors such as Social Justice, Africana Studies, Asian Studies, and Gender Studies
Activities Organizations such as Students for Black Culture, the Organization for Latino Expression, Hillel, Friends of India, Muslim Student Association, and the Asian Culture Club
- The Committee
for Diversity and Dialogue, in collaboration with a range of College offices, facilitates dialogue through a variety of programs, offers advising about relevant programs, and serves as a resource for the community at large.
For more information regarding diversity at Hendrix, call the Office at 501-505-2951 or email
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