The mission of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion is to strategically lead, coordinate, and develop overall diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policy, education, and activities to advance inclusive excellence in the College’s learning and working environments, as well as to enhance belonging and the intercultural awareness of faculty, students, and staff.
Our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) Celebrations Calendar identifies some of the principal observances that are particularly significant to our different Gettysburg College communities. While not exhaustive of all commemorations, with this calendar we highlight and educate on the diverse cultural legacies that enrich all of us.
December 3, 2023 is recognized as International Day of People with Disabilities. Proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations, this day is to bring awareness to the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. People with disabilities can face challenges that limit full participation in many areas of life including access to housing, health care, education, and other basic needs. Creating an inclusive society begins by understanding the physical, mental, emotional and intellectual barriers faced by individuals with disabilities. Through this understanding we can begin to eliminate barriers by rethinking how they hinder the participation of people with disabilities. These changes can start through evaluating the community in which you live and work to see where more inclusive practices can promote full participation of individuals with disabilities. Communicating and interacting with people with disabilities will allow their voice to be heard as they advocate for equal opportunities experienced by those without disabilities. By designating a day to reflect on the experiences, contributions and challenges of people with disabilities, we will continue to work towards a more inclusive world where all people are valued and able to pursue their dreams. For more information on this day, please visit: International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Gettysburg College is located in a storied place; a site of historical trauma and building of national identity with deep ties to racial justice and injustice. Yet, a major aspect of our story has been absented: that this place is Indigenous land. The Gettysburg College Land Acknowledgement initiative has sought to address the erasure of Indigenous presence while understanding this work to be ongoing. The land acknowledgement statement itself is an important first step in building relationships with the Indigenous communities who call this place home.
Diversity & Inclusion
Campus Box 2994
Pennsylvania Hall 2nd Floor
300 N. Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325