Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion drives initiatives and creates collaborative opportunities that foster a diverse and inclusive environment for all Blackburn College students and employees. Blackburn College recognizes that academic, social, and long-term holistic success are proven outcomes of diverse and inclusive environments.

We are stronger through our diversity

There is no typical Blackburn student. Blackburn embraces diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, gender identity, culture, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, and the many other attributes that contribute to our globally rich world.
 
As such the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion seeks to build and maintain a welcoming community that embraces an appreciation for diversity where all Blackburn members are heard, respected, and valued. The Office frequently holds events that speak to its language of diversity and inclusion among the student body as well as the college’s faculty and staff.

Margaret Lawler
Executive Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Nov 30
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Diversity Learning Circles – Series

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Dec 05
Monday, December 05, 2022

IDEAs Challenge Celebration

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dec 08
Thursday, December 08, 2022

Spectrum Club Meeting

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Jan 17
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation

Jan 17 - All day

Jan 25
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Diversity Learning Circles – Series

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Feb 22
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Diversity Learning Circles – Series

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Mar 29
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Diversity Learning Circles – Series

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Apr 26
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Diversity Learning Circles – Series

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Discover New Points of View

Because we’re from all walks of life, Blackburn students bring a range of interests and experiences to our campus. You can explore our student clubs and organizations to find a good fit or you can create your own space and start your own organization.

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Black Student Union

Established at Blackburn in 2018, the Black Student Union (BSU) not only gives African-American students but minority students a voice at primarily white institutions.

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Spectrum

Blackburn’s LGBTQIA+ club, Spectrum is to provide a safe environment for anyone of the gender, sexual, or romantic orientation. Allies are always welcome!

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MLK Leadership Award

Where Leaders Rise

We celebrate the exceptional community-based work our students lead. The MLK Leadership Award is presented annually to the Blackburn student who exemplifies the qualities of Martin Luther King, Jr. including community service, social justice, and inclusive leadership skills.

MLK Leadership Award
Training

Safe Zone Workshops

Safe Zone workshops enhance participants’ understanding of gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ+ identities. Safe Zone workshops also provide information and support for those interested in creating safe spaces in classrooms, offices, workspaces, practice areas, and residence halls, with the aim of creating more inclusive environments for all members of the Blackburn community. Workshops facilitated by Dr. Nicole Lawrence.

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Experience Blackburn for Yourself

To see the beauty of our campus’ natural ecosystems and learn the charms of our bucolic small-town setting, you have to experience it. Connect with us, discover our unique work program culture, and engage a vision for what your future could become.

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