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.


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.

University demographics

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.

International Community

The international student community brings additional perspectives and histories to Colgate 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.

LGBTQ+ Community

Colgate's LGBTQ Initiatives office 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.

Religious Life

Through the Office of the Chaplains, Colgate 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. 

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Review

In the 2016-2017 academic year, in preparation for strategic planning work on diversity, equity and inclusion to be done by members of the campus community, Colgate commissioned an external review of efforts in this area. The executive summary of this report is available here. Printed versions of the full 89-page report are available to members of the campus community.

Colgate For All

During the fall of 2014, the efforts of Colgate's 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.