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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

As a community and a college we value diversity in all its forms. We recognize and embrace the many differences that make us who we are.

We also know that we are on a journey. We recognize that there is more we can do to foster a welcoming and collaborative community for everyone. Landmark College’s (LC) commitment to diversity and inclusion has never been stronger.

How We Define Diversity

Diversity encompasses the many intersecting identities found within our campus and the broader community, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic class, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, neuro-diversity, religious affiliation, political viewpoints, as well as first generation college students. While the language and definitions of diversity are dynamic and ever changing, diversity enhances learning by challenging us to regularly discuss and understand experiences, values, and ideas different from our own.

Our Vision of Diversity

LC recognizes the multiple identities, histories, and experiences of the individuals that make up our campus community and society at large. We encourage the meaningful learning that occurs when individuals and groups transcend boundaries to engage with those whose perspectives differ from their own.

Founded on the belief that differences in learning styles should be celebrated, LC created a community where such differences are the norm, not the exception. Today that belief has grown to include diversity in all of its many forms. Constantly learning and growing, LC purposefully engages students, faculty, and staff in an ongoing dialogue around diversity. We recognize that purposeful engagement around issues of social justice and diversity is challenging, and often there are no easy answers, but we are committed to the process.

Our goal is to foster a culture that celebrates differences and challenges stereotypes and hidden assumptions; engages in meaningful discussions around power, privilege, and oppression; and creates a community built on respect and support. We demonstrate our commitment to historically underrepresented groups and diversity in all aspects of campus life and embolden our community to create an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and socially just campus environment.

Diversity & Inclusion Centers

Since its founding, diversity and inclusion have been an integral component of LC’s mission. Our diversity efforts strive to foster and celebrate diversity, while promoting inclusiveness within our campus community. By exposing the campus community to a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, we work to create an environment that reflects and embraces the diversity of our society.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is comprised of the Center for Women and Gender, the Stonewall Center for LGBTQ+ students, and the Rise Up Center for students of color. The center is located on the lower level of Frost Hall.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to promote a diverse, welcoming campus environment and foster a climate of success for underrepresented students, staff, and faculty. We promote meaningful learning and dialogue around issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice through educational programming and advocacy.

Programming Goals:

  1. To be a visible campus presence that models collaboration, inclusion, and community;
  2. To provide resources for and develop community among students, staff, and faculty from historically underrepresented identities;
  3. To encourage programming that connects students to local resources and communities; and
  4. To develop education and programs that enhance cultural competencies, cross-cultural perspectives, and an understanding of issues related to social justice.
The Center for Women and Gender seeks to foster a critical awareness of gender and gender identity and seeks to create a brave space, accessible to students of all genders, that serves as a resource and forum for topics and issues related to female identified students and, more broadly, how students experience gender at LC and in the larger world. The Center promotes learning about and exploring gender identify through personal experience, academic inquiry, community organizing, activism, and discussion.

The Center is located in the basement of Frost Hall and is open Mondays – Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Fridays – Sundays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Center for Women and Gender provides a comfortable, inclusive, and fun place for students to hang out, meet other students, and engage in challenging but fun conversations. The Center contains comfortable furniture, a TV, resource library, and materials related to gender and gender identity.

Students with questions may contact the Center for Women and Gender by email or telephone:; (802) 387-6349. The Coordinator of the Center for Women and Gender, Kari Post, is available to meet privately to provide support, advising, and information about campus resources.

RISE UP Center Mission Statement

The RISE UP Center was created in the Spring of 2017 by students and staff at Landmark College. The center is a “BRAVE Space” for all students who identify as people of color to organize, collaborate, and build community amongst themselves as well as the outside community.


  • Reclaim—we want to reclaim our history and our stories
  • Inspire—we want to inspire each other and future generations
  • Sustain—we want to sustain each other
  • Empower—we want to empower each and those around us
  • Unite—we want to unite to fight for fairness
  • Provide—we want to provided knowledge and power for the people

The Center provides programming in the form of guided discussions, educational films, field trips, community engagement events, and volunteerism. Our programming is aimed at providing students of color with the opportunity to build solidarity with one another, while also analytically examining topics relevant to their own communities. The Center is open to all students at Landmark College. However, certain programing is designed specifically for students of color only.

The Stonewall Center provides a space for the support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally members of the Landmark College community, as well as educational, social, and supportive programming by, for, and about the LGBTQA community. We also provide an affirming and supportive place to discuss topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity one-on-one or in groups. The Center is available to anyone on campus interested in learning more about gender and sexuality, LGBTQA experiences, the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity with other identities, leadership, and activism.

The Center is located in the basement of Frost Hall and is available for drop-in hours, meetings, and programs. The Center contains comfortable furniture, a TV, resource library, and materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Students with questions may contact the Stonewall Center by email or telephone:, (802) 387-7216. For the Stonewall Center Coordinator, contact Amanda Spaziano at 802-387-6857 or by email: The Dean of Students, Kelly O’Ryan is available to meet privately to provide support, advising, and information about campus resources.

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