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.
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 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
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.
At the beginning of the fall semester, we sponsor a dinner for each of the classes and invite deans, representatives from the Office of Career Enhancing Life Skills (CELS), and other relevant administrators to meet the students. During these informal dinners, each group is informed about resources and programs relevant to their class, such as study away, the funded internship program and graduate and professional school application deadlines and processes.
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.
Unity House Ambassadors Program
The purpose of this program is to create a cohort of student leaders who will represent and uphold the mission and goals of Unity House and its students throughout the campus community. Through this program, we hope to increase awareness on campus about the many wonderful opportunities and programs offered by Unity House and dispel some of the stereotypes and misconceptions that continue to exist about Unity House in the broader community. This program is for students who are interested in developing their leadership skills and expanding their understanding of diversity issues.