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.


Out of the Closet provides free clothing for transgender and gender non-conforming students

The closet in West Hall, sponsored by the Department of Religion & Philosophy and the Center for Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry, is open all day, every day.

Roanoke mourns death of College historymaker

Virginia Maxine Fitzgerald '69 was the first Black American to enroll at Roanoke College as a full-time student.

Roanoke College commemorates Juneteenth

Roanoke College is committed to inclusive excellence in our community. So, this is a time for us to honor the work of our people, departments and programs that support the advancement of inclusion on campus. Joining a movement among organizations and institutions around the country, Roanoke College will honor Juneteenth.


UNITY Week at the Flag Poles

The Division of Community, Diversity & Inclusion invites all to a week of celebration of UNITY through various activities.

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Date | Time: Monday, October 25, 2021 | 4:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College, Back Quad Flag Poles

UNITY Week: Theology on TAP

The Division of Community, Diversity & Inclusion invites all to a week of celebration of UNITY through various activities.

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Date | Time: Monday, October 25, 2021 | 9:00 PM
Location: Mac & Bobs Restaurant

LGBTQ at Roanoke

rainbow flag

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.

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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.

Interfaith Council

In a world of growing religious/non-religious diversity, we, the Interfaith Council of Roanoke College strive to create a community of students aware of the various religious traditions present on campus. Through dialogue, interaction, and community service we aim to inform and create a world of understanding concerning religious/non-religious tolerance.

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