Services

We offer a variety of services, including:

  • Advising for students on academic, social and personal development.
  • Advising and mentoring for student organizations affiliated with Unity House.
  • Support for students of color in the affirmation and celebration of their cultural identities, including collaborating with other departments and student organizations to plan various activities related to Latino Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month and Asian American Heritage Month.
  • Community-building across differences among students of color and across the campus community by collaborating with other departments and student groups on initiatives that promote awareness of diversity and multicultural issues, such as issues on race/ethnicity, (inter)nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation and religion.
  • Planning and implementation of Genesis, the pre-orientation program for entering students of color.
  • Supporting admission recruitment efforts by collaborating on Explore Weekend, Spring Preview and the College's partnership programs.

Programs

Explore Weekend

Explore Weekend is a fall program for high school seniors from underrepresented groups and those committed to issues of diversity. Over three days, you’ll get a sneak peek at a challenging liberal arts environment and learn about campus resources for students of color. Learn more.

Genesis

Unity House student leaders Genesis is a pre-Orientation program for underrepresented students, including students of color and first-generation college students. The program is also open to any student with a strong commitment to advancing diversity and acting as an ally to underrepresented students at Connecticut College.

Through a series of workshops, students are introduced to academic and social support professionals on campus who represent integral offices and departments, including the Deans of the College, Student Life, Institutional Equity and Inclusion and Financial Aid Services. A "Cross-Cultural Understanding" workshop explores how racial/ethnic diversity both challenges and enriches the experiences of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, Arab American, and Native American students on a predominantly white campus.

Additional events throughout the day provide opportunities for students to create a sense of communal bonding among their peers. Participants also get to know older students who serve as peer mentors through the ALANA Big Sisters/Brothers Program. The program is not mandatory but is highly recommended.

ALANA Sisters and Brothers

Unity House ALANA student leaders and Big Sibs

ALANA (African American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American) Sisters and Brothers (ASBs) are peer mentors who are trained to assist first-year students as they adjust to life at Connecticut College. ALANA Sisters/Brother help new students become oriented to the College, get them involved in student organizations and help them access campus resources. ASB Coordinators assist the Unity House director and staff in organizing, motivating and supporting all ASB.

S.H.E. Sisters Program

S.H.E. stands for Share, Hear and Empower. This program gives women of color on the Connecticut College campus an opportunity to address important women's issues. Participants SHARE their thoughts and feelings, HEAR their voice and voices of other women, and most importantly, are EMPOWERED to see their own strengths and beauty within.

M.O.C.A. (Men of Color Alliance)

The M.O.C.A program is designed to assist male students of color in their transition to Connecticut College. Through monthly meetings, social events and guest speakers, M.O.C.A provides a comfortable atmosphere to discuss current events that impact males of color on and off campus.