Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion leads efforts to foster Washington College’s inclusive learning environment and helps shape and implement the College’s strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. This work involves partnering with departments to help attract, recruit, and retain diverse faculty, librarians, and Academic Affairs staff. It also involves collaborating with others to facilitate faculty and staff development that supports diversity and inclusion goals.

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Alisha Knight

Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Senior Equity Officer

Office Hours

Tues & Thurs. 11:30-12:30. And By Appointment

Inclusive Excellence at Washington College

What is inclusive excellence?  Inclusive excellence is a concept and framework developed by the American Association of Colleges and Universities.  In a nutshell, it’s the recognition that diversity and educational excellence are intertwined.  Inclusive excellence is achieved when diversity and inclusion, broadly defined, exist at the highest level of importance at an institution and is foundational to that institution’s mission.

Did You Know? Students can change their email display name, class and athletic roster, Canvas display name, and student ID to reflect their chosen name (and pronouns) by submitting the Chosen Name Form to the Registrar’s Office.

Current Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives


Campus Climate Survey

Washington College aims to foster an inclusive environment for all students and employees.  The Campus Climate Survey helps us better understand our campus community members’ experiences with and perceptions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our learning, living, and professional environments. An overview of the 2022 survey results was reported to the campus in December.


Strategic Diversity Planning Process

Washington College  completed its strategic diversity planning process in February 2023 and is transitioning into its implementation phase.  All College stakeholders have a role to play in implementing WC’s vision for inclusive excellence.  The President’s office will be monitoring the progress and success of our strategic goals. 



Inclusive Excellence Speaker Series

Washington College was honored to host Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President Emeritus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and co-author of The Empowered University, as our inaugural Inclusive Excellence Speaker on October 18, 2022.

The Empowered University Book Cover