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Inclusive Excellence & Community Development

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Department Overview

The Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Development (IECD), engages the entire community to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment.  The IECD collaborates with colleagues in the Provost’s Office, Human Resources, and the Dean’s Office, including the Black Cultural Center, Intercultural Center, Interfaith Center, and Women’s Resource Center to help foster dialogue, collaboration, and education among students, faculty, and staff. 

The Sager Series 2020/21

The Sager Fund was created by Swarthmore alumnus Richard Sager ’73.  The Sager Symposium now The Sager Series is a sequence of programs that present high profile, prominent, public speakers and/or performers who serve/represent the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, and whose presence will attract the broadest audience to the campus. Applications for Sager Grants will be available in April 2020.


♥ ♣ ♦ ♠ SwatDeck 2020 ♥ ♣ ♦ ♠

"Our aim is to explode the networks of communication that exist on this campus, to bring conversations into unexpected places with unexpected players. This is a social experiment for curious, willing, passionate people. Its goal is to solidify and expand the feeling of shared intellectual and emotional experience at Swarthmore, and to freshen the idea-sphere on this campus, eventually improving our communication with one another, with the community, and with the world."

It is time for something that many of you may know and love: SwatDeck. For those who do not know, SwatDeck is a program first implemented through the Community Development Grant in 2014. The program involves free travel and spending money for students to venture into Philadelphia, with a twist: when you agree to participate, you receive a playing card. When participants meet at the train station on the day they've signed up for, they are matched based on their cards into groups of four. This is the group with which you then spend a day with: getting lost, finding fun, speaking to one another.

Can't wait.


imagINe project

The imagINe project was created from a Community Development Grant to offer faculty, staff and students an opportunity to use their voices to inspire others about the impact each of us can make in the world. The project provides a glimpse into the hearts and minds of the individuals who make up the Swarthmore community.

The exhibition features a series of portraits by photographer, author, and educator Adam Mastoon, accompanied by powerful text and artwork created by some of our staff, faculty and students.

imagINe project

Peripeteia: Recipient of a Community Development Grant

A new yearly event, Peripeteia a recipient of the 2015 Community Development Grant.

The word Peripeteia comes from Greekπεριπέτεια meaning "a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal."

Peripeteia is a series of informal and interdisciplinary mini-courses which will be open to anyone on campus and the Swarthmore Community. We want to bring every department, every discipline, every campus group and borough together for a series of eclectic classes, seminars, workshops, how to' s, tutorials, etc. to include  to share their passions.

Apply to teach, organize, or lead a class through Peripeteia.
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