Colgate University is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution.

The University develops and promotes initiatives, programs, events, and resources that foster deep personal reflection, dialogue and action on issues of race, racism and anti-racism.

Current Anti-racism Initiatives

University-wide Initiatives

There are three University-wide initiatives that are either newly developing or ongoing and essential to our long-term goals. These are:

During the 2019–20 academic year, the Board of Trustees began to formally consider the physical and social needs of Colgate juniors and seniors as part of a review of their residential life experience. The aim was to see how best to provide appropriate residential and social space for all Colgate students. In conjunction with this effort, Colgate engaged the planning firms RAMSA and WXY — the firms engaged to develop plans for the University’s Middle Campus — as well as the Sasaki Group to consider the current conditions of the housing and social spaces available to Colgate juniors and seniors. While these planning efforts necessarily slowed down in the spring as a result of COVID-19, these firms will be charged to continue this work in collaboration with the administration during this academic year. First, they will be asked to consider the numerous studies conducted in past years on residential life at the University, and they will also be charged to consider housing and social options available at peer and national institutions. This review work should be completed within the fall semester, allowing for the development of a long-range plan of the upper-level residential and social experience and the provision of new residential and social opportunities for all Colgate students. As previously stated, this planning will be done as part of a comprehensive effort consistent with the goals and objectives of The Third-Century Plan and the DEI Plan. This initiative will help to address inequities in the student social and residential experiences.

We will support plans for new programming and improvements to Colgate’s long-standing Harlem Renaissance Center, located in the Bryan Complex on the upper part of the campus. Further, faculty and the Residential Commons directors will work to develop a dedicated Sophomore Residential Seminar associated with Hancock Commons and the Harlem Renaissance Center. This initiative provides a robust living learning community for students interested in race, ethnicity, and the African diaspora.

With the commencement of the new academic year, we will engage Colgate faculty and students, as well as national scholars, in a comprehensive review of Colgate’s history, with particular emphasis on the histories of non-majority groups at the University. This project will build in important ways on the bicentennial explorations of Colgate’s mission and history by acknowledging the history and contributions of people of color to the Colgate campus and community.

New Financial Support and New Programs

With the generous support of alumni and trustees, we are pleased to report that Colgate has three new sources of funds to allow us to move quickly to further develop and support DEI efforts. These are:

Named after Colgate’s first Black graduate, this new endowment fund, valued at $500,000, will be used to support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and will be managed by the incoming CDO.

The newly established Alumni of Color Third-Century Fund will provide new support for our ongoing and developing DEI initiatives.

Through a remarkable gift from trustee Giovanni Cutaia ’94 and his wife, Maree, we have created the President’s DEI Discretionary Fund to support new diversity efforts and programs. Immediate allocations from this fund will support the following new programs for Colgate students.

Internship Funds for Students of Color

New funds will be allocated to ensure students of color have the support needed to pursue summer internships.

Funds to Support Graduate Fellowships and Graduate School Applications

Applications to graduate school or national fellowships have high costs that can discourage students of color and low-income students from applying. New funds will be allocated to defray these applications and related costs, expanding these opportunities to students of color and low-income students.

Peer-to-Peer Program Funding

The ALANA Cultural Center provides programming for all students. New funds will allow ALANA to support student-developed efforts across campus.

National Partnership

Colgate has now joined The Consortium for Faculty Diversity, a national consortium that will help diversify our faculty. The consortium partners the premiere research universities in the nation with a small number of leading liberal arts colleges to appoint scholars of color who have recently completed their doctoral degrees. Colgate has now joined this consortium. CFD scholars will come directly to Colgate through new post-doctoral fellowships and will immediately teach in the University’s curriculum.

Alumni Programming

Thanks to the work of the Partnership for Racial Progress, a group of alumni of color who seek to enhance life at the University and promote a sense of community and connection among Colgate graduates, the University is  pleased to announce the following:

New Mosaic Program Funds

Mosaic connects multicultural alumni with current Colgate students, providing them with an opportunity to learn from alumni experiences on careers and on navigating life during and after Colgate. President’s DEI Discretionary Fund dollars will be provided to enhance this program.

Events & Programs

 

Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance

Colgate is an inaugural member of the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA), a consortium of institutions geared toward finding creative solutions for addressing issues of racial equity and diversity on campus. LACRELA was launched by the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center, whose mission is to illuminate, disrupt, and dismantle racism in all its forms.

Member colleges have access to special campus surveys and data as well as monthly eConvenings, by invitation, for faculty and staff members seeking to learn more about antiracism and diversity efforts. These three-hour learning sessions, each on a different topic, are delivered by highly respected leaders of national higher education associations, tenured professors who study race relations and people of color, chief diversity officers, and other experienced administrators.

Leading Productive Conversations About Racism
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Teaching the Truth About Slavery and America’s Racial History
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Fostering and Sustaining Inclusive Classrooms for Students of Color
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Accountability and Incentives for Advancing Racial Equity
Monday, April 5, 2021

Confronting Explicit Acts of Racism and Racial Violence on Campus
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Disaggregating Data to Identify Racial Inequities
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
9am-12pm PST/12pm-3pm EST

Recovering from COVID-19 Racial Inequities
Thursday, July 15, 2021
9am-12pm PST/12pm-3pm EST

Strategically Hiring Faculty of Color
Thursday, September 16, 2021
9am-12pm PST/12pm-3pm EST

Supporting and Retaining Faculty of Color
Monday, October 4, 2021
9am-12pm PST/12pm-3pm EST

Recruiting and Strategically Diversifying Staff at All Levels
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
9am-12pm PST/12pm-3pm EST

Creating Equitable Pathways to Leadership Roles for Employees of Color
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
9am-12pm PST/12pm-3pm EST

Meaningfully Integrating Racial Topics Across the Curriculum
Monday, January 24, 2022
9am-12pm PST/12pm-3pm EST

Colgate employees interested in participating can contact Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, chief of staff and secretary to the Board of Trustees, at hrf@colgate.edu.

Employees can access recordings of the previous sessions and the associated resources. Note that you will need to sign in to your Colgate-affiliated Gmail account to access the recordings.

Past eConvenings

Note: These files are for Colgate use only through permission of LACRELA. Please do not circulate them outside of the Colgate community.

  • How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
  • White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
  • Stamped From the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi
  • Racism without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Slavery by Another Name, Douglas A.Blackmon
  • Me and White Supremacy, Layla Saad 
  • How to Be Less Stupid About Race, Crystal M. Fleming, 
  • When They Call You a Terrorist, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele
  • 1619 from The New York Times
  • Floodlines from The Atlantic
  • Intersectionality Matters! from The African American Policy Forum
  • Throughline from NPR
  • Code Switch from NPR
  • About Race from Panoply
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast from Race Forward
  • Pod For The Cause from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

To recommend anti-racism educational resources, please contact Dorsey Spencer Jr., (dspencer@colgate.edu)

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