Empowerment and Support

ALANA is dedicated to supporting a number of programs and initiatives promoting multiculturalism and inclusivity on Colgate’s campus. An appreciation of culture is vital in an increasingly global world.

Empower: Student of Color Support Group

Scenic of Colgate’s campus in the fall

This support group is led by the ALANA Cultural Center Director. It was developed to foster honest, supportive, validating, and collaborative discussions about how to survive and thrive in college as a person of color. This group is also designed to be a place of community and support. Topics may include, but are not limited to, feeling like you don't belong, difficulty navigating the college environment as a person of color, fear or failure/perfectionism, fear of being stereotyped, intersection of identities with being a person of color, emotional health, current national and local events that cause race-related stress, academic stressors, and self-care.

Thrive (Brown Bag) Lunch

students have a discussion at a Thrive Lunch

ALANA sponsors “The Thriving Lunch,” a brown bag series dedicated to discussing issues with communities of color and intersecting identities, with the intent to focus on thriving in students’ everyday lives. “Thriving” means helping students to further their ethnic/racial identity exploration, find support and community, and strengthen their self-concept, esteem, and overall wellness. These lunches are open to anyone who would like to thrive and/or support students in these goals. Come have a meal and dive deeper into how to thrive with ALANA.

When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from noon–1 p.m.

Where: ALANA Cultural Center

Alumni relationships

Students with alumni at ALANA

ALANA collaborates with the Office of Alumni Relations to encourage the engagement of alumni of color on campus. The center also strives to create opportunities for current students of color to find mentorship and guidance from Colgate's alumni network.