Welcome to Union College. My name is Gretchel Hathaway, and I am the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer and ADA Compliance Officer.
At Union, we appreciate and value the richness of diversity that our students, faculty and staff bring to our community. We believe our cultures, worldviews, experiences and identities can enrich our campus community as a whole, and that we can learn from each other through our differences and similarities. We are committed to building an inclusive campus and believe in a union of differences.
Here at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we take action to create a learning community that promotes diversity, inclusion and equity through intentional programming efforts and relationship building. It is critical that every member of Union feels welcome, safe, included and respected.
In our Strategic Plan, we set forth our vision to develop every student to “lead with wisdom, empathy, and courage, in ways large and small, and across multiple tomorrows.”
We are committed to cultivating “respect and understanding for all members of the Union College and broader communities, and welcome, include and support a measurably more diverse college community.”
We believe that growth is born out of discomfort, and we intentionally push ourselves beyond the familiar to learn and grow academically and socially.
Our experience is defined by how well we succeed at experiencing being “comfortable with the uncomfortable.” It is in this space that constructive dialogue, interfaith connections and intercultural interactions encounter the challenges of societal injustices, difficult but necessary conversation, and the wisdom to meet those challenges. Union provides the resources that spur these innovative changes.
During your time at Union, I encourage you to attend events that are brought to your attention by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Make new friends and build connections by visiting the Unity Room in Reamer Campus Center. Check out the LGBTQA+ Resource Center in Messa House. And join a cultural club that sparks your interest in gaining new perspectives. Most of all, take this time to explore and learn about yourself and others around you, both inside and outside the classroom.
I look forward to working with each of you to make Union College a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Gretchel Hathaway, Ph.D.