This following report recognizes progress that builds on the longstanding partnerships across campus and represents the collective work of many interdisciplinary programs and centers, academic departments and administrative offices. It is a living document that will be updated regularly to highlight new efforts underway. Please feel free to email Interim Dean of Equity and Inclusion David Canton with your ideas and feedback at


  • Created new role of Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion to support diversity efforts at the highest level of the administration
  • Elevated the Dean of Multicultural Affairs to Associate Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion. Appointed B. Afeni McNeely Cobham into this role; Dean Cobham will work with faculty and staff; serve as student advocate; and help coordinate the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program
  • Appointed a new Title IX coordinator, Melissa Pierce, to oversee campus response to violations of Title IX policy
  • Appointed a Dean of Juniors, Seniors and Transfers, Marina Melendez, and added to her portfolio the coordination of the Posse Scholar program and support for undocumented students
  • Developed new First Generation initiative to support students who are the first in their families to attend college
  • Appointed Professor Mohamed Diagne as the Muslim Community Program Director
  • After becoming a founding partner in the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) and hosting its inaugural summit in March 2013, the College was well-represented at the most recent C3 summit. President Bergeron and a full complement of faculty, students and administrators attended the November summit at Bates College


Programming and Curriculum

  • Expanded the number of public forums and Residential Education Fellows (REF) events offered on topics related to power and privilege. More than two dozen programs and events on race and diversity issues have been offered since spring 2015
  • Dedicated the Wednesday Common Hour to issues of diversity and race throughout the academic year
  • Supported new pilot program aimed at developing more open and inclusive classrooms. Pilot involves 47 faculty members from five departments
  • Developed new workshops, including Universal Design Workshops and sessions on Talking Teaching, devoted to the ideal of Full Participation, as defined by Susan Sturm: the concept that all people, whatever their identity, background or position, should be enabled to realize their full potential and to contribute to the flourishing of others
  • Approved the revised Africana Studies major and curriculum
  • Established a new Global Islamic Studies major
  • Initiated conversations with Ashesi University College, a liberal arts college in Berekuso, Ghana, to establish a new educational partnership


Faculty, Staff and Students

  • Launched new efforts to increase the diversity of the faculty and student body. Efforts include: attended recruitment conferences; worked with departments; and created new  Science Leaders II program for community college students
  • Began working with the Office of Human Resources to further diversify the staff
  • Provided training on microaggressions for department chairs and directors
  • Invited Liza Talusan ’97 to offer a workshop, “Identity Conscious Leadership and Shared Activism,” for 250 student leaders and more than 20 staff members in the offices of the Dean of the College and Dean of Students
  • Supported six faculty members from the sciences to attend the AACU program on Teaching to Include Diversity and Equity in STEM
  • Invited Emeritus Trustee Frank Tuitt ’87 to conduct workshop on creating inclusive classrooms through the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Continued work on developing new protocols for bias incidents involving faculty, staff and students
  • Initiated steps to establish new Council on Institutional Equity and Diversity to monitor campus progress and help support work of the dean


New Resources

  • Established a new Student Support Fund, administered by the Office of the Dean of the College, to provide a resource for students with acute economic concerns
  • Expanding options for students staying during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks, including housing, meal options and transportation
  • Established free transportation to local health care clinics when the College’s Student Health Services is closed
  • Designated staff person in the Athletic Department to improve access to the Athletic Center for everyone, particularly during busy winter months
  • Created new Muslim prayer room in Harkness Chapel