• About The Hedgeman Center


    Purpose and Objectives

    The Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs helps create and sustain an inclusive community that appreciates, celebrates and advances student and campus diversity at Hamline University.
    We support, empower, and promote the success of all students with particular attention to U.S. students of color, first generation college students and others from historically marginalized backgrounds. In partnership with other university and community members, our initiatives help prepare students to live, serve and succeed in a diverse university and world.
    Related, our objectives are to:

    • Provide services, resources and initiatives that assist students with successful transitions, meaningful experiences and graduation from the University;

    • Offer personal, social and cultural support to students and encourage academic success;

    • Create opportunities for students to embrace, celebrate and learn about diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, and social identities;

    • Facilitate student  leadership, engagement and participation in the University community;

    • Advocate for students and assist University constituencies in creating environments supportive of students from diverse backgrounds, identities and communities;

    • Educate the University community about the unique histories, cultures and experiences of students from diverse backgrounds and populations;

    • Provide opportunities for the University community to engage in meaningful discourse about multicultural, diversity, and social justice issues.

    Our services are inclusive, but some initiatives are targeted toward specific communities.

    Office History

    To learn more, you can view a slideshow presentation about the history of the Hedgeman Center.  You may also view a view or download a timeline of the development of the Hedgeman Center here.

  • Hamline News

    The Office of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives invites the Hamline community to the presentation and discussion series entitled, "Ferguson and Beyond: Critical Conversations on Race, Rights, and Criminal Justice" from January 8 - January 29.

    Hamline economics major Linda Umwali has big plans for the future. She wants to become Rwanda's finance minister. MPR News featured Linda in a story about her journey from Rwanda to Hamline thanks to a scholarship that was born out of a study abroad trip to that country, led by Sociology Professor Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert.

    The Hamline community is invited to the Hamline University 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration and Day of Service on Friday, January 16. The commemoration program will be held in Sundin Music Hall from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will be from 10:15 - 1 p.m. at various off-campus locations.