Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Welcome to MCLA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Web presence. We hope that the following pages will help you get a sense of ways that we are striving to become a more inclusive community each day across campus.

MCLA Diversity Statement

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is committed to creating a campus climate, as well as a culture that values, represents, and honors diversity in our society. We actively endeavor to recruit and retain diverse students, faculty, and staff.

MCLA fosters meaningful dialogue both in and out of the classroom in order to encourage critical awareness and respect for similarities and differences. MCLA's inclusive education and informed pedagogy reflect and draw from the knowledge and empowerment of all individuals and the diverse groups that make up our college community.

MCLA critically addresses dynamics of inequality, exposing ways in which privilege and oppression are produced and maintained over time in society. We create and participate in forums and activities that both model and further equity in an informed manner. We also work to foster equity on campus and in the larger Berkshire community.

Members of MCLA are defined by and/or represent a variety of intersecting and diverse identities and groups, including but not limited to:

  • Age
  • Class/Socioeconomic Status
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexuality

MCLA strives to integrate topics of diversity in the curricular, co-curricular, residential, and work life of the MCLA community. In so doing, MCLA works towards collaboration and purposeful engagement to achieve social justice on campus and in the wider community.

Read President Birge's October 25, 2018 message regarding protections for transgender people.