Commitment to Diversity
The Connecticut College community is currently engaged in an ongoing campuswide conversation about racism, equity and inclusion. All related communications are posted here.
Connecticut College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community and incorporating diverse perspectives throughout the academic program. Need-based financial aid – we award more than $30 million a year – supports socio-economic diversity.
Recent diversity achievements
The College has:
- Increased student diversity: The class of 2017 is the most racially and ethnically diverse in the College's history – 22 percent students of color (U.S.), 29 percent (including international.)
- Increased faculty of color to 22 percent (from 16 percent in 2008.)
- Developed concentrations in race and ethnicity for majors in American Studies and English.
- Created a global Islamic studies program and added language study in Arabic.
- Graduated our first class of Posse Scholars.
- Created a new partnership with community colleges.
- Established a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program
- Partnered with Middlebury and Williams College and won a $4.7 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to increase efforts to diversify faculty at all three colleges.
- Hosted the inaugural summit of a consortium, C3, that works to advance diversity among faculty at liberal arts colleges.
We are working to make our community more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and religion, and we actively seek students, faculty and staff who wish to be part of our efforts.
The College sponsors general outreach programs, including an Explore Weekend in the fall semester each year. During these weekends, we bring talented students from underrepresented groups and others interested in diversity issues to visit our campus and learn about the application process. Additionally, we collaborate with several "partnership schools," both locally and in New York City, to reach students who might not otherwise consider private liberal arts education. Students who are admitted to the College are then invited to a "Spring Preview" in April to achieve greater familiarity with our campus resources as they make their decisions. In 2008, the College launched the Science Leaders Program, which offers enhanced financial and academic assistance to women and minority students interested in the sciences. In 2009, we enrolled our first class of Posse Scholars from urban Chicago public high schools and now have more than 40 Posse Scholars enrolled across four years. More recently, we launched a partnership with selected community colleges to support transfer admission for their high achieving graduates. More>
We offer excellent support for new and continuing students interested in diversity through popular campus venues such as Unity House Multicultural Center, the LGBTQ Resource Center and a newly opened Women's Center, as well as through a strong and broader network of offices and individuals. Among these are the Offices of the Dean of the College, the Dean of Multicultural Affairs, the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Dean of Studies and the Dean of Student Life. Peer mentor programs like ALANA Sisters and Brothers work in tandem with deans, faculty, staff and alumni to provide social and academic support to all students and educate the campus community about the joys and rigors of living in a diverse community. More>
The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, a faculty-driven think tank on campus, provides a hub for researching and teaching race and ethnicity across the disciplines. The Center sponsors campus programming as well as curricular and faculty support. In 2011, the Center sponsored a day-long conference on The History and Future of Diversity at Connecticut College. In 2008, the Center sponsored a series of events focusing on the relationship between race and the arts. In the same year, it was selected to participate in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program (MMUF), a program dedicated to increasing the number of minority students and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities among those who will pursue a Ph.D. in core fields in the arts and sciences. More>