Unity House Mission Statement

As Connecticut College's multicultural center, Unity House contributes to the educational mission of the College by providing leadership and support in the College's commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. We serve three distinct constituencies-students of color and other underrepresented students, the larger campus student body, and faculty, staff and alumni. Our mission is, therefore, three-fold.

  1. To provide academic, cultural and personal support to students of color and other underrepresented students on campus, while helping them develop intellectual, social, and leadership skills.
  2. To collaborate with other college departments and offices to educate the larger student body on issues of diversity and multiculturalism.
  3. To provide support for and collaborate with staff, faculty and alumni of color. Unity House, as a facility, serves as a gathering place for students, staff, faculty, and alumni of diverse backgrounds and interests. Rooms within the House are used for events, meetings, studying, and lounging. The Center houses administrative offices, a large lounge (Pepsico Room), a conference room, kitchen and a resource library.

Our programs and services include:

  • Advising students on their academic, social, and personal development.
  • Advising and mentoring student organizations affiliated with Unity House
  • Supporting students of color in their affirmation and celebration of their cultural identities by coordinating with other departments and student organizations the planning of our various cultural heritage months: Latino Heritage Month; Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Asian American Heritage Month.
  • Building community across differences among students of color and across the campus community by collaborating with other departments and student groups with 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 the Admission office recruitment efforts by collaborating on the Explore Weekend and Spring Preview and the College partnership programs.

Our goal is to foster a welcoming communal environment where students, staff, faculty and alumni can share in the creation and the practice of pluralistic living.

Contact information:
Email ajeffers@conncoll.edu

Unity House
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320