Detra M. West, Associate Dean of Students/Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
B.S., Valdosta State University;
M.A., Cleveland State University

D. Ellis Rates, Director of Campus Involvement/Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion
B.A., Miami University;
M.A., Walsh University

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Diversity at Hiram encompasses acceptance, respect, collaboration, empowerment, and inclusion. Diversity also means understanding that each individual is unique and that our commonalities and differences make the opinions, ideas, and contributions we have to offer all the more valuable.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is organized to work in a focused way with individuals and groups to advance the College's long standing goal of attracting and sustaining a vibrant and healthy multi-cultural community. Throughout the year, ODI actively engages in a variety of programs and strategic initiatives that are intended to promote mutual understanding and respect for all members and guests of our diverse community.