Programs and Initiatives

Leadership Exploration and Discovery (LEAD) Program

The Leadership Exploration and Discovery program, also known as LEAD, is a pre-orientation program for aspiring leaders, first-generation college students, and students of color designed to ease the transition to college and help students make the most of the opportunities inherent in moments of great change.

Diversity Advisory & Programming Subcommittee (DAPS)

DAPS is the event planning arm of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. It works to be proactive in the campus community by providing regular events and workshops around social identity and social justice issues.

Thrive Mentorship Program

The Thrive Mentorship Program for Students of Color is a yearlong mentorship program that will connect incoming first year and transfer students of color with upperclass students of color at Sarah Lawrence College. Through intentional engagement and a focus on community building, student participants and leaders will have a better understanding of Sarah Lawrence College’s Principles for Mutual Respect and core values, connect with faculty, staff, and alumni of color; and develop skills related to success in both academic and professional spaces.

Learning Goals

Through participation in the Thrive program, students will:

  • Recognize key campus resources to promote student growth
  • Cultivate belonging by connecting with upperclass students
  • Build connections with Faculty & Staff of Color on SLC’s campus
  • Develop skills related to the transition to a small private liberal arts college.

Real Talk Dialogue Series

Real Talk is a student-led and facilitated dialogue series focusing on topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, social identities, and experiences. Each dialogue has a predetermined topic and promotes discussion around issues impacting people around the world.

SLC Reads

The SLC Reads program brings our community together around a single common reading, chosen by the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. SLC Reads aims to introduce students to critically approaching a text at the college level, and to encourage students to share, compare, and debate their readings with faculty and peers.

Student Identity Spaces

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion oversees and supports three student-run identity spaces as well as the campus food pantry. These spaces aim to foster community and belonging within their respective populations through events, dialogues, and community gatherings.

Holidays & Heritage Months

  • Black History Month—February
  • Women’s History Month—March
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month—May
  • Latiné Heritage Month—September 15–October 15
  • LGBTQ+ History Month—October