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Establishing Our Beloved Ursinus Community

Fostering a truly inclusive environment leads to a greater sense of belonging, creating new avenues to build relationships. Last year, our Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement, led by Vice President Heather Lobban-Viravong, was formed to further strengthen initiatives supporting our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts for all members of our campus, as well as our regional neighbors.

It also supports service opportunities, building even more meaningful partnerships with organizations throughout Montgomery County and beyond. Additionally, the division sponsors inclusive community projects, which connect individuals and departments to promote a dialogue on topics such as race, socioeconomic status, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, and more. And Inclusive Community Fellows have traditionally established meaningful collaborations with the Institute for Inclusion and Equity and other campus organizations.

The division also connects events across campus by tagging them as “Beloved Community” programming, which highlights our shared commitment to this work. “Our goal is to foster an environment that affirms the different identities and experiences that each individual brings to Ursinus,” Lobban-Viravong said.

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