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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at EMU

Let’s Belong Together!

The Office of DEI is entrusted with leading the Eastern Mennonite University community to live more fully into its identity as a faith-informed peace and justice university and its commitment to cultivating a more robust and inclusive community of learners. Its primary mission is to advance and support students, faculty, and staff in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts at EMU through institutional transformation. 

At the heart of EMU’s mission, as an academic institution rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition, is our commitment to an inclusive and equitable campus community a place where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where everyone can fully express their authentic self. 

  • We strive to extend the richness of the EMU experience to students, faculty, and staff who may have found themselves at the margins in the past. 
  • We aspire to share power, stories, challenges, wisdom, and dreams with authenticity to forge a campus community where we can share our common humanity  and build relationships with each other.
  • Our goal is to remove the barriers that underrepresented and marginalized groups have historically encountered at EMU. 
  • Our commitment requires that together we face the fundamental causes that have led to discrimination, racial injustice, gender inequities, sexual orientation marginalization, structural racism, and many other forms of oppression.

Join in our efforts – 
You belong at EMU!


What We Do

Jackie Font-Guzmán | Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jackie strives to be a change agent and sees her role as constructively disrupting systems to advance equity and justice for everyone. She received her MHA from St. Louis University, her JD from Interamericana University in Puerto Rico and her PhD in Conflict Analysis from Nova Southeastern University.

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Dawn Neil | DEI Coordinator

Dawn Neil serves as the coordinator for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and works directly with Jackie Font-Guzmán to further change at EMU.

Dawn strives to continue to learn and grow and be an advocate for change. She sees her role as supporting and strengthening advocacy for change. She received her BS in Communication at Bridgewater College and her MA in Organizational Leadership at Eastern Mennonite University.

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