and inclusion fellows furthering efforts
as part of the 2014–19 Diversity Plan.
“We also have the qualitative aspect:
the campus culture — and that’s the
Changing Bucknell’s culture is a
central focus of Bucknell’s diversity
plan, which embraces diversity as a core
Despite that progress, those supporting diversity and inclusion efforts on
campus say there’s still much room
“Of course we should be excited about
this, but it only speaks to the quantitative aspect,” says Carmen Henne-Ochoa,
a sociologist and one of two diversity
Nearly two years ago, Bucknell launched an ambitious five-year plan for improving diversity and inclusion on campus. Since then, the University has made laudable improvements, admitting the most diverse class in University history (Class of 2019) and in 2015 hiring a cohort of tenure-track faculty, 60 percent of whom are from groups that are traditionally underrepresented at Bucknell.
A year after a troubling campus incident, the University has advanced its diversity
and inclusion eΩorts.
By Matt Hughes
An overflow crowd of students, faculty, staff and community
members attends a talk by fathers of Sandy Hook victims
during the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Week,
sponsored by the President’s Diversity Council.
value of the University, one intrinsic
to the education and holistic lives of
With that goal in mind, the University
has undertaken an array of initiatives,
including establishing the diversity
and inclusion fellowships. These roles,
currently filled by Henne-Ochoa and
Professor Atiya Stokes-Brown, political
science, contribute to campuswide
professional development focused
on diversity and inclusion and oversee
specific projects related to the plan.
Bucknell has also launched lunchtime
discussion and action affinity groups
for staff and faculty of color and for
women, a professional development
series, an expanded week of events in
January celebrating the legacy of Martin
Luther King Jr., improved bias reporting
mechanisms, a major in Africana
studies, enhanced diversity training for
residential advisers and the first annual
Diversity Summit, held in March. The
University also removed gendered
language from its mission statement
and broadened its statement of nondiscrimination to prohibit gender
expression as a basis of discrimination.
Nneoma Ibezim ’ 18, a Nigerian-American L.A. Posse Scholar who