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Diversity and Inclusion

Colgate strives to be an open, safe, and welcoming learning environment for all students, faculty, staff, and others in our extended community.

Colgate For AllStudents march to call for a Colgate For All

During the fall of 2014, the efforts of our passionate student body refocused and reenergized the university's focus on issues of diversity and inclusion. The creation of a 21-point, tangible action plan was just the beginning of a unified effort to ensure that Colgate is truly a place for all people in the pursuit of knowledge. COLGATE FOR ALL

2015 Commencement Address Eddie S. Glaude delivering an address at Commencement 2015

"We must turn our backs on racial hatred, on sexism, on homophobia, on all forms of prejudice that deny the dignity and standing of every human being no matter their place of birth, the color of their skin, or who they love." Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. delivered a powerful address to the Class of 2015 at commencement. READ AND WATCH

Campus Resources

ALANA Cultural Center
ALANA is a professionally staffed organization and space that supports a wide array of multicultural and inclusive programs and initiatives. ALANA's goal is to help all students develop an appreciation of culture. ALANA CULTURAL CENTER
Office of Equity and Diversity
Colgate's office of equity and diversity works toward the following goals:
  • Strengthen diversity recruitment efforts.
  • Respond to concerns regarding equity and diversity, including perceived discrimination and harassment.
  • Offer diversity education opportunities for the Colgate community.
  • Coordinate campus-wide efforts to promote a welcoming and inclusive climate.
  • Assess the progress of ongoing diversity efforts.
  • Develop strategies to communicate and publicize Colgate's diversity achievements.
  • Offer dual-career assistance.
OFFICE OF EQUITY AND DIVERSITY
LGBTQ initiatives
LGBTQ Initiatives is dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students. Initiatives include available Safe Zone trainings for students, faculty, and staff to better understand the needs of the LGBTQ community; an annual Queerfest celebrating and educating the campus about LGBTQ issues; ongoing student advocacy campaigns; and much more. LGBTQ INITIATIVES
Center for Women's Studies
The Center for Women’s Studies is a multipurpose space where students, faculty, and staff can gather to discuss a multitude of topics spanning the feminist spectrum and consider the intersectionality of identities and various forms of oppression. CENTER FOR WOMEN'S STUDIES
Cultural clubs and organizations
A variety of student cultural groups promote cultural education extracurricularly. Whether you're trying to connect with your own cultural heritage, or learn more about another, there is ample opportunity to explore culture with your peers. CULTURAL GROUPS
Religious life
Through the Office of the Chaplains, our students sustain a vibrant religious community open to those of any faith, those questioning faith, and those who identify as atheist. Interfaith initiatives promote education and understanding between these diverse groups. RELIGIOUS LIFE
International students
Our international student community brings additional perspectives and histories to conversations and practices both in and out of the classroom. The Office of International Student Services supports these students as they live in a foreign country and navigate the immigration requirements unique to their international status. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

University Demographics

We closely examine the demographics of our student, faculty, and staff bodies to better inform our efforts recruiting a diverse and representative campus community. DEMOGRAPHICS

Providing opportunities for students to learn from and interact with leaders like Robert Fullilove ’66, associate dean for community and minority affairs at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Colgate invites global figures, like former president of Mexico Felipe Calderon, to discuss and explore world issues. Annually, student cultural groups share their favorite foods at a "Night Market." Students of any faith, or none, may explore religion and culture with the chaplains' office. The men's basketball team annually plays this game to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues. "Lounge" is a regular arts event featuring student expression through performances, poetry, and artwork. Flags from the home countries of international students are proudly on display in Frank Dining Hall.