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The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging serves to promote a campus culture where the individual's unique presence is valued, experience is respected, and everyone belongs.

We celebrate the intrinsic value of each individual from all ages, disabilities, races, economic status, ethnic backgrounds, genders, religions, sexual orientations, and other diverse perspectives and individual differences. We are committed to respect, inclusiveness, tolerance and sensitivity everywhere within our campus community.

Committed to Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community

Rose-Hulman is committed to promoting a safe and affirming campus climate for all students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging affirms this responsibility to promote a welcoming place for one and all by:

  • Creating a diverse and inviting campus environment for all
  • Providing diversity and inclusion education experiences
  • Engaging in strategic outreach, recruiting, and support to diverse audiences
  • Creating awareness and goodwill for Rose across diverse communities

We are here to provide students, faculty and staff with cultural and community building programming, intercultural dialogue and interaction, and learning opportunities. We encourage everyone to get involved. Commit to attending the Center’s programming. We’ve got a great lineup that is sure to impact our campus is a meaningful way!

Statement on Microagressions

Rose-Hulman strives to provide an environment free of microaggressions, which are common verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether unintentional or intentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative characterizations and insults to people from marginalized groups.

Support the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Interested in financially supporting Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging programming, speakers and other events? Please click below to make a gift (Please specify "Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging" when making your gift.).

Learn more about Rose

Black History at Rose

Check out stories of some of the Black/African American and/or African descent alumni, staff, faculty and students who are part of the Rose‑Hulman community.

Women's History at Rose

Click here to see the stories of some of the female alumnae, staff, faculty and students who are part of the Rose‑Hulman community.

Scholarships

Paying for college can be an intimidating prospect. Learn more about scholarships for underrepresented students.

Plan your visit

The best way to get to know Rose-Hulman is by seeing it for yourself. We host campus visit days throughout the year, or you can schedule an individual visit. Our friendly admissions counselors would love to hear from you!

Identity and Affinity Organizations

Our student chapters of national professional organizations provide support, host events and facilitate networking for their members at Rose-Hulman. They also play a key role in educating our campus about ethnic and cultural differences, and extend their reach into the local community through service and mentoring activities.

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE is dedicated to both the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

SHPE empowers the Hispanic community to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.

Society of Women Engineers

SWE supports women in engineering through professional development and networking opportunities.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

SASE exists to prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world.

Unity

Unity is a student organization providing a safe place where people can be themselves without fear of prejudice or hate. We also promote a campus environment that is tolerant of all people.

South Asian Student Alliance

SASA was established to foster a sense of community for students of South Asian descent and those who are interested in South Asian culture.

International Student Association

ISA was created to help international students with adjusting to life at Rose as well as promote intercultural communication among all Rose students.  

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

IV welcomes students into caring, diverse communities, where they can build friendships and explore Christian faith in the marketplace of ideas.

African Student Union

ASU was formed to function as a unifying body for collegiate African students and provide knowledge and resources for the academic, professional, and cultural advancement of our members. 

Muslim Student Association

The mission of MSA is to educate faculty, staff, and students about the religion of Islam and create a welcoming environment for Muslim students on Rose-Hulman’s campus. 

Meet our Team

Mercedes Clay
Mercedes Clay
Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
+1 812-877-8705
Amanda Hobson
Amanda Hobson
Associate Director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
+1 812-877-8179
Caroline Kinderthain
Caroline Kinderthain
Program Coordinator in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
+1 812-877-8161

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging News

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TEDx Event Featuring Faculty Discussing ‘Interdisciplinary Connections in a Diversifying World’

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Mercedes Clay Building Relationships, Sharing Insights as Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

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Alumnus Conrad Tucker Expanding Global, Technological Horizons

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DIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT

We recognize that Rose-Hulman is part of a mutually dependent, multicultural community. As an institution devoted to excellence in education, we acknowledge our responsibility to teach students the skills they need to excel in their chosen field, including the ability to interact with people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Our goal is to help our students become global leaders. To achieve this goal, we will:

  • Promote diversity in all aspects of our community life
  • Encourage every individual to respect the inherent dignity of others
  • Recruit and retain students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds
  • Strive to broaden understanding of each individual’s unique contribution to society
  • Challenge stereotypes to build a broader and more inclusive world view
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