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Policies, Initiatives and Definitions

Etown is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and equitable campus community. Here, we bring together an array of valuable resources that encompass the transformative work of our strategic diversity initiatives, key policies, reports, policies, and definitions. Our goal is to promote diversity, equity, and belonging across every facet of campus life.

Policies & Definitions

Elizabethtown College adopts the language of diversity, equity, and inclusion as defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU).


Group and social identity differences (including race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, biological sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nation of origin, physical or cognitive abilities, as well as cultural, political, or religious affiliations) or individual differences (personality, life experiences).


The creation of opportunities for historically underserved populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.


The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.

Statement Of Non-Discrimination

Elizabethtown College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, possession of a general education development certificate as compared to a high school diploma, or any other legally protected status. This commitment applies but is not limited to decisions made with respect to hiring and promotion, the administration of educational programs and policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other College administered programs. Discriminatory acts of any kind are strictly forbidden. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies may be directed to:

Ann Eckert

Director of Human Resources

Myer Administration Room 2200

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA 17022


For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the Office for Civil Rights for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Hiring Tool Kit

For Elizabethtown College to achieve its goal of inclusive excellence, it is imperative that the College uses recruitment and hiring practices that help reduce turnover and ensure that the College hires productive employees. This Hiring Procedures Toolkit provides clarity, structure, and resources for the hiring process. This guide will help HR liaisons, search committee participants, and hiring authorities. The Hiring Tool Kit is available in the Human Resources office.

Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERG) are voluntary groups of individuals formed around shared experiences or a common background or identification. ERGs provide opportunities for historically underrepresented groups on campus to gather with support for their activities. They offer interested faculty and staff members the chance to strengthen our college community through dialog, education, professional development, and fun. They also help Etown's leadership learn about and respond to the needs and interests of our community members.

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Bias Incident Reports

Elizabethtown College is committed to building and maintaining an environment that fosters a culturally vibrant campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and where all community members achieve a sense of belonging. Due to that commitment, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Belonging will share dashboards for the Elizabethtown College campus community to view indicating the number and type of bias-related incidents reported to the College. In addition, progress reports will be released to the campus community demonstrating new initiatives and/or progress made at the institution.

Report a Bias Incident View the Bias Incident Report Page

Strategic Initiatives for Inclusive Excellence

In line with our Strategic Plan, we are striving to create a culturally vibrant campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, where all community members achieve a sense of belonging.


Integrate cultural intelligence as a learning outcome throughout all academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities and professional development programs.


Foster a genuine sense of belonging in all members of the college by ensuring policies, practices, and culture will build a diverse, equitable, accessible, and just community.


Increase the representation and retention of historically marginalized groups among our student body and employee base.


Collaborate with underrepresented communities as an ally committed to making meaningful social change.
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