Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity means all of us

Roanoke College is dedicated to improving the quality of life for students of multicultural backgrounds and, through a more welcoming and comforting environment, helping them excel academically and socially. Through diverse educational, cultural and social programs, we're building a more diverse community of students. Read Roanoke College's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.

Nominations open for annual Office of Multicultural Affairs awards

Deadline for award nominations is Oct. 15. New this year: The Bonilla Legacy Essay Contest

Social Justice Panel teaches students about local efforts, history

As protestors take to the streets around the country, some Roanoke College students learned more about the social justice initiatives going on in their community.

Roanoke leadership committed to looking back, moving forward

President Maxey brought students up-to-date with the College’s efforts to become a more diverse, equal and inclusive environment.

Healing Circle

This group provides support to students who wish to discuss personal challenges related to racial and/or ethnic underrepresentation.

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Date | Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 5:30 PM
Location: Online via Zoom

A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Photo credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

The Roanoke College community will have the rare opportunity to visit with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College - Virtual Zoom Webinar

LGBTQ at Roanoke

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Roanoke College is committed to working with faculty, staff, student organizations and our community partners to create a community that is welcoming and safe for everyone. Through various programming and events, Roanoke works to ensure that all of the students, faculty, and staff benefit from the diverse experiences and perspectives of our LGBTQIA+ community.

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Meeting, sharing and celebrating our diversity

Report a Bias Incident

To report an alleged bias incident committed by an employee, please contact Ms. Kathy Martin, Director of Human Resources.  Her office is located at 210 College Hall. Phone: 540-375-2262 or email: kmartin@roanoke.edu

To report an alleged bias incident committed by a student, please contact Ms. Amy Perkins, Assistant Dean of Students. Her office is located at 205 Alumni Gym. Phone 540-375-2592 or email: perkins@roanoke.edu

As a student, you are encouraged to report anything you hear or see that feels like a bias incident.

Anonymously report a bias incident

Student Organizations

Asian Students United

Asian Students United (ASU) was created to provide both Asians and non-Asians a place to gather, meet and educate one another on the topics of diversity, culture and heritage. We serve in voicing the opinions of the Asian student body and provide support for all students of the Roanoke College community. 

Black Student Alliance

The Black Student Alliance (BSA) promotes unity and diversity, uplifts and supports culture, and provides support for black students. We help students with adjustments they may face in a college environment. We represent and protect the interests of black students on campus as well as the surrounding community. We hope to increase awareness of black student contributions, issues and ideas.

Delta Sigma Theta

The Tau Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is comprised of women from the campuses of Roanoke College and Washington and Lee University. We are highly motivated black women dedicated to serving our schools, our community and the nation at large. Over the past 10 years, we've been involved in a host of projects and events concerning local and national activities, issues and concerns.


Hillel provides a place for all students to understand the many different cultures and aspects of Judaism. We hold open celebrations, discussions and weekly meetings, and provide access to local synagogues, Beth Israel and Temple Emmanuel.

Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Achievement

Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Achievement (H.O.L.A.) promotes appreciation and understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and promotes leadership and achievement among Hispanic students at Roanoke College.

International Club

The Roanoke College International Club emphasizes awareness of cultures throughout the world. We provide a forum for international students, American students and faculty to come together. The international club sponsors the annual International Festival as well as weekend field trips to Washington, D.C. and Charleston, S. C., and day trips to local destinations, such as Monticello and the University of Virginia.

Lambda Alliance

The Lambda Alliance is an organization that encourages the acceptance of sexual diversity, offers a safe environment to discuss issues involving sexuality, and educates people about different sexual orientations. We work hard to alleviate fears and prejudices.

Maroon Movement

Shades of Maroon is the umbrella organization for diversity-focused organizations on Roanoke’s campus. Shades defines a diversity group as any student organization that strives to affirm the diversity of the campus community in its many forms by embracing a broad definition of culture to include, but not limited to, world views formed by race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, abilities, sexual orientation and religion. Shades meets on the first and third Thursday of every month, 12:30 PM, unless otherwise noted.


Tangles is a student organization working to inform individuals of the versatility of natural hair. They encourage individuals to embrace their natural beauty by providing a community with resources that are needed to maintain a healthy personal hair style.

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Office of Multicultural Affairs 
Second Floor Alumni Gymnasium
Salem, VA 24153