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Mission Statement

Cedar Crest Diversity Statement

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.


The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) supports Cedar Crest College’s diversity statement through its educational programming and services. The CDI will provide resources that foster awareness as well as empower students with knowledge, tools and experiences that promote global citizenship and a more inclusive campus. Finally CDI will advocate for our diverse student population.

Our work is facilitated through:

  • Coordination of a comprehensive programming calendar. 
  • Development and implementation of a wide range of diverse and social justice education and training opportunities on topics including but not limited to gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class.
  • Support our diverse student organizations and house the Student Diversity Council.
  • Coordination of the inclusion grants.


Fall 2020


Creating Connections while Physically Distancing
Every Thursday | 11 AM | via Microsoft Teams Link in CDI email 

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Inclusion Grants

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is pleased to provide a limited number of grants of up to $150 dollars to individual students or student organizations (collaboration among student organizations is highly encouraged). Eligible events need to explores issues of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion that support our CCC Diversity Statement. Events can include round table discussions, virtual reflections, tabling on campus, speakers, etc. To apply please complete this application

  • Grants can cover some of the following expenses:
    • Honorariums for speakers
    • Fliers
    • Snacks
    • Etc.

Be aware that applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the event to be considered for funding.
For more information please email


2020-2021 Professional and Student Staff

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion 
Location: Allen House 
Contact Information:
Phone: 610-606-4666 Ext. 4555
Facebook: CDICCC
Twitter: @cedarcrestcdi
Instagram: @cedarcrestcdi

Dr. Leon John
Director of Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Allen House, 2nd floor, Office #1

Nisha Bhatt
Graduate Assistant for the CDI and Admission's Office


2020-2021 Inclusion Advocates

Melissa Culver, Class of 2022

Niyata Johnson, Class of 2022

Deva Leach, Class of 2022

Tatyanna Miller, Class of 2022

Isabel Pichardo, Class of 2022

Lois Ann Polashenski, Class of 2021

Lara Struckman, Class of 2021

Sulakshmi Vaid, Class of 2021



Allen House - Center for Diversity & Global Engagement