Diversity & Leadership Initiatives

Students from the Multicultural Senior students event

The Office of Diversity & Leadership Initiatives is committed to strengthening cultural awareness, diversity education, & leadership development at Washington & Jefferson College.  We offer a variety of programs, discussions and training opportunities on topics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and religion to engage the campus community in dialogue grounded in social justice principles. Further, we are intentional in our efforts to educate and invigorate a campus community that values the diversity that is personified by our students, faculty, and staff.

In addition, we are strategically partnered to support the efforts of several of our campus’ multicultural student organizations, including: Asian Culture Association, Black Student Union, Gay/Straight Alliance, Hillel, and Latino Culture Association. We are always looking for new and creative opportunities to engage the campus community as we strive to complement the College’s mission of scholarship, community service, and global citizenship. We hope that you will consider being an active participant in the events and activities sponsored by Diversity & Leadership Initiatives!

Charles West Scholars

The Charles West Scholars is an initiative that strives to educate, engage, and empower black-identifying students at W&J who have been selected to participate in the program. Learn more about the Charles West Scholars.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours (June & July only): Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Extended hours available by appointment

Diversity & Leadership Initiatives Staff

Sammie Walker Herrera portrait

Sammie Walker Herrera

As Coordinator of Diversity & Leadership Initiatives, Sammie Walker Herrera (she/her/hers) leads campus-wide diversity and inclusion programming opportunities consisting of: monthly cultural heritage celebrations, diversity and social justice-focused workshops, and the Point of View discussion series. She also serves as Advisor to the W&J National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapter, which provides individual…