The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is an institutional partner in the advancement of the college’s commitment to inclusive excellence and educational justice. Through close collaboration with the campus community, the OEI works to create a welcoming, inclusive, physically safe, and appreciative educational experience for all constituents.
The OEI is engaged in the work of cultivating a culture of equity, inclusion, access and freedom from domestic violence and sexual assault as excellence through our work with Title IX, Accessible Education, Human Resources, Admissions, Advancement, Alumni Engagement, Student Affairs, Campus Activities, The Office of Intercultural Education, Athletics, Academic Affairs, Curricular Design, Human Resources, New Employee Recruitment/Hiring/Retention, Security, Facilities, Campus Events and Dining, Lewiston Police Department, Purposeful Work, International Programs and more…
The OEI is committed to training and development of all campus community members. As a thought leader in our racial and equity work, the OEI is supporting faculty and staff as they move through the first stages of racial equity training, members from the office helped lead the first year Centering Racial Equity workshop for the class of 2023 and will be developing a strategic plan for training and workforce development moving forward.
Mission Statement of Bates College
Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times.
Living the Legacy of Inclusive Excellence
Since its founding in 1855 by Maine free will baptists who were involved in the abolitionist movement, Bates has welcomed students from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Bates was, and is, committed to the principles of social justice, equity, and freedom.
Great efforts are ongoing in designing and perpetuating the institution to ensure that no qualified student will be turned away because they could not afford the cost of a Bates education. From the beginning, Bates welcomed young people from Maine farms and factory towns, former slaves, and immigrants. The leadership at Bates College is committed to living up to the aspirations of our founding. This is work is never done and takes a fully engaged and willing community.
Along with racial equity training for faculty, staff, students and senior administrators, the college has hired their first Vice President of Equity and Inclusion to help frame the next iteration of this work as a senior administrator. The VPEI will build on the good work of colleagues, previous and current, in meeting the every changing and growing diversity of needs in the campus community.
Bates College continues to assure that all organizations on campus are open to everyone along with the continual review and adjustment of academic, social, student, staff and communal programming and educational spaces.
Updated: September, 2019