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Celebrating National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

We celebrate the diverse contributions that American Indians and Alaska Natives have made to the American Society. Their astonishing contributions to medicine, ecology, agriculture, mathematics and astronomy, architecture and cultural diversity have enriched our lives and society.

The month of November was designated as “National American Indian Heritage Month” in 1990, by then-president George H. W. Bush. This month provides an opportunity for the Native Americans to share their culture, heritage and traditions with the American Society and provides Americans an opportunity to pay tribute to the rich ancestry of the Native Americans.

This month, the CEC urges you to join us in the celebration of the rich heritage and the numerous contributions, both past and present, of the American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Convo With An International Student Canceled

We regret to inform you that the event- Convo with an International Student that is scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 16th between 11:30am and 1:30pm has been canceled due to inclement weather. Thank you

Convo With an International Student

Dear Campus Community,

Ever wanted to know more about what it’s like to be an international student at Lehigh? Join us for an informal conversation with international students to learn about their experiences.

“Convo with an International Student” will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall.

Lunch is provided.

This event is part of a year of programming examining how preconceived ideas impact our beliefs and actions. All are welcome.

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Maria Zullo at or (610) 758-4152.

Hope to see you there!

Brought to you by the Council for Equity and Community (CEC) Education and Dialogue Working Group.

Hispanic Heritage Month


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We celebrate the culture, histories and contributions made by Hispanics/ Latin Americans to the United States of America. They represent a wealth of cultural diversity and we honor their cultures and traditions.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week which was later extended to a month-long observance in 1988. This month is commemorative because it coincides with the independence day celebrations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile and Belize.

The CEC recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanics/ Latin Americans and we are honored to join in the celebration of the rich history and the diverse cultures. We urge you to commememorate this month by recognizing and celebrating the generations of Hipanic/ Latin Americans who have contributed to our society.

Convo With a Cop


Have breakfast with Lehigh University police officers and ask questions during the informal “Convo with a Cop” at the LUPD Community Room on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

Drop in anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for free coffee and doughnuts. Get to know Lehigh’s police officers, share personal views and experiences, and ask questions.

This event is part of a year of programming examining how preconceived ideas impact our beliefs and actions. It is hosted by Lehigh’s Council for Equity and Community (CEC) Education and Dialogue Working Group.

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Maria Zullo at or (610) 758-4152.

The Lehigh University Police Department is located at 321 E. Packer Ave., at the corner of Taylor Street and Packer Ave., Bethlehem.

Hope to see you there!

Tackling Tough Topics Together

The CEC invites you to the first TTTT session of the 2018/19 school year. We will be discussing perceptions and how our perceptions affect the way we interact with people from different groups. Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there!!!

OISS Hosts International Bazaar

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) hosted its 31st International Bazaar on the 8th of April, 2018. This event was a celebration of the diverse cultures that are represented on Lehigh’s campus. From the flag display of all the countries and nationalities present at Lehigh University to the cultural food tasting that boasted an array of cuisine from different parts of the world, all was organized in a way that celebrated the richness in every culture.

Upon entering Zoellner event center, where the event was held, guests were greeted by interactive booths set up by different cultural clubs and associations on campus. There was also an aerialist, a fashion show and music and dance performances which showcased the diverse art forms from different countries.










The event was well attended by Lehigh staff, faculty and students, members of the surrounding Bethlehem community as well as students from member schools of LVAIC who gave spectacular performances.

This event brought people of different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities together in a safe space for their differences to be appreciated and celebrated.



Statement Denouncing Racist Act

The Council for Equity and Community denounces the reprehensible act that took place on our campus last week. This act runs counter to the Principles of Our Equitable Community and undermines our continuous collaborative efforts to make this campus a safe and equitable community for all members.

We understand that such negative incidents can evoke strong emotions, so we encourage members of our campus community who need additional support during this time to make use of the resources available to them.

More information can be found under "Resources" at

The CEC is committed to promoting a Lehigh community in which everyone feels welcomed and able to grow and thrive. As we reflect on this incident, we invite all members of the campus community to take an active role in helping us to realize this vision.


Join Us at the International Bazaar

Celebrate Lehigh's diverse global community at the 31st annual International Bazaar, featuring international food tastings, a fashion show, performances, an aerialist performance, interactive booths from student clubs and a country fair.


The event is free and open to the public. Get your ticket online or visit the Office of International Students and Scholars (Coxe Hall 1st Floor).

Brown Bag: Dr. Donald Outing - Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at Lehigh University: The Five Ws

The Brown Bag series hosted Dr. Donald Outing, the Vice President for Equity & Community to speak about diversity, inclusion and equity at lehigh and the role that he plays in it. Dr. Outing spoke about the current successes of his office and the future plans for the university to ensure an inclusive and equitable climate. He reiterated that the expectations of the administration of Lehigh is for diversity, inclusion and equity to become a part of the university DNA. The hope is that Lehigh will become a role model for our peer institutions. On being asked how the office of Diversity and Inclusion is taking steps to achieve these goals, he stated that infrastructures were being built to support the ongoing change at Lehigh. He also said that the office is being intentional about including historically marginalized groups and taking steps to ensure that the campus community understands and appreciates diversity. Growing a diverse student body goes a long way as well in reaching the goals of inclusion. Granting students access in order to help them succeed is also instrumental to the provision of equal opportunity. A focus on outcomes is a way that the office strives to achieve its goals.

When asked how one knows a university which has reached a level of inclusive excellence, Dr. Outing said that these signs of excellence can be seen in the diversity of the student body, the sustainability of the diverse student body, the items that the university memorializes, a change in the organizational culture and the purposeful nature of the outcomes that are being realized.


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