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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Acting to Educate, Engage and Amplify

Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences is uniquely positioned to examine the causes and effects of racism, homophobia and other injustices, and to develop solutions through the lens of the liberal arts and sciences. In the best Drexel tradition, we are called to examine issues directly, to amplify the voices of the marginalized, to call out the wrongs, and to do everything in our power to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in all of its forms.

The College of Arts and Sciences has taken numerous steps to educate, engage, and advocate for our learning community and those we serve. The charge of the Faculty Council, a conduit between the College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) faculty and its leadership, is to focus on a broad range of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) issues. Each of our 13 academic departments and affiliated centers has convened diversity councils and committees.

BRIDGE Program

The Drexel College of Arts and Sciences’ BRIDGE program —Building Relationships in Diverse Group Experiences— seeks to foster community among first-year students of color and ease their transition into college life. Launched from a seed gift made by Mrs. Carole Gardner Dodson (Drexel CoAS Humanities and Social Sciences, ’71), the BRIDGE program builds a welcoming community that nurtures growth among underrepresented minority students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Research shows programs like BRIDGE improve students’ quality of life, grades, and graduation rates, and ensures that they are well-positioned for success after graduation.

Our program offers specialized advising, professional development opportunities, and community-building experiences. Students take an introductory course that helps them acclimate to life at Drexel by establishing connections to resources like the counseling center, housing, research opportunities, and study abroad. Throughout the year, we offer programs exclusively for BRIDGE students to ensure they take advantage of Drexel’s many valuable academic and professional opportunities.

Preston Roach, Academic Adviser, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

BRIDGE Director

Preston Roach

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First Forward Program

The College of Arts and Sciences’ First Forward program supports first-generation college student's academic success and personal development by helping them build a peer network and leverage Drexel’s excellent resources. Our First Forward community creates a welcoming space where students feel seen, heard, and valued during their educational journey. As a result, students in the First Forward program have fun, gain confidence, and engage with other first-gens as they transition to campus life. In addition, the First Forward program assists students as they explore all that Drexel has to offer during their time here and beyond.

First Forward Program Co-Leads

Jenna Gregory, adviser, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Jenna Gregory

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Laurie Zinberg, adviser, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Laurie Zinberg

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