Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Reporting Offices

Students, GSC Pride Reps

Gender and Sexuality Center Pride Reps

The Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) leads diversity and inclusion of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and asexual (LGBTQA+) employees and students in the School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and the International Business School at Brandeis University.

The GSC collaborates with offices, departments, and organizations across the institution on one-off events and long-term projects by providing best practice recommendations, space reservation at the center, and up-to-date and affirming information and tools. The GSC hosts programs and special events every year to educate, connect, and inspire social change at Brandeis, our Waltham community, and the world around us.

Habiba Braimah speaks in front of the ICC

Habiba Braimah speaks in front of the ICC

The Intercultural Center (ICC) provides a venue where students can learn and demonstrate social responsibility and diverse leadership skills. The ICC serves as an umbrella organization for 16 student organizations that host events focused on issues of culture, ethnicity and social justice.

Office of DEI Education and Learning Initiatives

The Office of DEI Education and Learning Initiatives aims to cultivate a community of belonging for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In this office, we co-create workshops, training seminars, and symposia that promote Inclusive Leadership, cultural sensitivity and student engagement. We support critical dialogues and facilitated conversations around race, identity, oppression and inequalities among our community. In collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning, we facilitate learning about anti-racist, trauma informed and inclusive pedagogies. Our goal is to engage multiple stakeholders, devising strategies and practices that uplift Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices.

Investigations into all allegations of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct brought forward by faculty, staff, and students are conducted through the Office of Equal Opportunity. The OEO is also responsible for reviewing and developing University policy regarding these issues.

The director of OEO serves as the Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator for the institution, and is responsible for ensuring the university’s compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA, Rehabilitation Act Section 504 and other state and federal laws relating to bias, discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Staff lead training efforts for faculty, staff, and students regarding discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.

The Office of Equal Opportunity can be found in Swig Hall.

The University Ombuds staff are confidential, independent, impartial and informal resources for all of the Brandeis Community including undergrad and grad students, faculty, staff, alumni, and anyone engaged with Brandeis.

Ombuds staff support the dignity, well-being and safety of each visitor by providing a safe space to talk off the record about difficult situations. Staff meet with you personally to actively listen to your concerns and discuss options for conflict resolution.

University Ombuds operates outside of official or sanctioned university processes. The Ombuds only provides feedback on trends to University officials in an effort to promote an inclusive community where individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences are heard and valued in our community.