Pandemic-necessitated precautions have certainly altered the social and programmatic landscape at Hampden-Sydney this year, but even amidst these challenges, students and members of the community have enjoyed gathering responsibly and engaging with important topics in a new lounge that opened on campus in September.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Lounge debuted last fall as an extension of the H-SC Office of Equity and Inclusion. Located in the lower level of Venable Hall, the DEI Lounge was established as a resource for the entire student body and campus community. The creation of the lounge is one of several H-SC initiatives to better meet the needs of underrepresented student populations and was partially funded through College alumni and friends’ contributions to The Diversity and Inclusion Fund
Throughout the year, the lounge has enabled the Office of Equity and Inclusion to offer workshops and programs on a variety of diversity and inclusion topics; provide resources and expertise for students, faculty, and staff interested in addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their academic work; and offer advising, mentoring, and advocacy to diversity-oriented student organizations, as well as to any individual students.