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: Students of color in recent years have made up between 17 percent to 22 percent of our incoming first-year classes. The incoming Class of 2019 is the most racially and ethnically diverse in the College's history.
- Increased faculty diversity: Over the past three years, 22 percent to 24 percent of full-time faculty members have been people of color.
- Partnered with Middlebury College and Williams College to win a $4.7 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to increase efforts to diversify faculty at all three colleges. We have welcomed the initial two cohorts of three C3 postdoctoral fellows to the College, bringing diversity to the faculty and the curriculum.
- Revised the Africana Studies major and curriculum and appointed a director.
- Created a Global Islamic Studies program and added language study in Arabic.
- Graduated three cohorts of Posse Scholars, with graduation rates higher than the all-College average.
- Opened our Zachs Hillel House on campus to serve as the center for Jewish student life and related intercultural programming at the College.
- Created a new partnership with community colleges, including the new Science Leaders II program that provides a new pathway for talented underrepresented students from community colleges to major in computer science or biochemistry at Connecticut College.
- Established a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, which, to date, has produced six graduates who have enrolled in Ph.D. programs.
- Developed concentrations in race and ethnicity for majors in American Studies and English.
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. The first class of Posse Scholars graduated in 2013, and our Posse graduates have distinguished themselves in such ways as winning the College's Anna Lord Strauss medal, and being awarded Davis Projects for Peace grants and a Fulbright fellowship. 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 LGBTQIA 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 Institutional Equity and Inclusion, the Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Dean of Students. 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.
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. More>