Dr. Leon S. John, Jr.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
610-606-4666 ext. 3596
Cedar Crest College’s commitment to diversity embraces the Association of American Colleges & Universities' (AAC&U) signature concept of 'inclusive excellence.' Inclusive excellence calls for the development of comprehensive institution-wide policies that promote educational excellence through the pursuit of diversity in the learning environment, curriculum, and teaching. Therefore, as we value learning in a diverse environment, we must commit our attention and resources needed to ensure that all students are able to achieve the learning outcomes represented in a Cedar Crest College degree. This effort is guided by the college’s strategic initiatives and developed by the College’s Diversity Council, in collaboration with staff, faculty and students from across the institution.
Founded under the mission to expand women’s access to higher-education, Cedar Crest College values difference in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning environment. The College is committed to educational excellence, leadership, and civic engagement in a pluralistic society. We thus embrace an inclusive community that brings together students, faculty, and staff of different racial and multi-racial, ethnic and multi-ethnic, gender and sexually diverse, religious and nonreligious, economic, and national identities and ages. Our educational mission includes students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education, such as students of color, first-generation college students, international students, students of varying ability or disability, and other identities.
During the 2021-2022 Academic Year, the Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion will be working to develop an action plan that will connect to Cedar Crest College’s Middle States Accreditation process and the upcoming campus strategic plan. The plan will be based on feedback and recommendations that was shared from the entire campus community that include students, alumnae, staff, faculty and administration. The Equity Action Plan will address all underrepresented populations and help to identify ways how all students can feel an equitable sense of belonging on the College’s campus. For more information, please contact Leon John, Jr., at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610)606-4666.