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Colgate University

Undergraduate School

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Hamilton, New York 13346
(315) 228-7000
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School Information
"A Uniquely Modern Education Rooted in a Rich Tradition: Time and time again, the world has shown an urgent need for citizens with the ability to create, explore, examine, and connect human knowledge. Colgate University has been answering that call through centuries of academic rigor in the liberal arts tradition. Learn more about Colgate’s mission and history, and find out how its past informs its vision for the future, including its commitment to sustainability. (...) "Colgate’s influence goes beyond statistics, but the numbers do tell a compelling story: 9:1 Faculty-Student Ratio; 100% of Demonstrated Need Met by Financial Aid; 56 Undergraduate Major Programs; 200+ Student Clubs and Organizations (...) "A Lifetime of Support in Pursuit of Knowledge: From a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access, to a dedication to all aspects of student wellbeing, to academic and support services built to sustain graduates throughout their career path, Colgate University offers unmatched resources to all members of the community." (Source:
General Information
Colgate University's faculty are considering and exploring changes to the core liberal arts curriculum to embed diversity and inclusivity. Additionally, student groups on campus, such as the Organization of Asian Sisters in Solidarity, have organized events to decry supposed racism on campus. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On September 29, 2023, Colgate's ALANA Cultural Center is holding a student training titled "Student Inter-Group Dialogue Train-the-Trainer, Part I." Intergroup Dialogue is a "research-based approach to 'face-to-face facilitated conversation between members of two or more social identity groups that strives to create new levels of understanding, relating, and action'." Upon completion of the training, students will receive an IGD Experience Training Certificate, Part I.
  • On October 12, 2023, Colgate is hosting a workshop titled "Addressing Discrimination through Support and Resources" which would provide faculty and staff "with the opportunity to learn more about Colgate’s discrimination policy" and "focuses on providing participants with the information and tools needed to respond with compassion to someone who may have experienced discrimination or harassment based on their Protected Characteristics..."
  • One of the strategic goals of Office of Equity and Diversity is to "Provide discrimination and harassment prevention trainings and facilitate opportunities for dialogue across differences" for the Colgate community.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Faculty will make changes to the core liberal arts curriculum to embed diversity and inclusivity.
  • As part of "The 13 Goals of a Colgate Education," the Committee on ALANA Affairs "compiles and shares a list of Colgate courses with an emphasis on race, class, gender, and social justice. These courses provide an opportunity for students to better understand historical and contemporary issues, engage in critical dialogue, and reflect upon their identity and sense of self."
Disciplinary Measures
  • Colgate provides a "Bias, Discrimination, and/or Harassment" form and states the following: "Please use this form to report an incident or concern of bias, discrimination or harassment that you believe to be based on actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical or mental disability, age, veteran or military status, marital status, or other legally protected category."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • In accordance with the university's "Third Century Plan," the university will be "diversifying the faculty in order to bring to classrooms, studios, and laboratories a greater range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Colgate’s administration and faculty are doing just that, drawing on national best practices and creating their own innovative approaches to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in tenure-stream hiring."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university reported three new sources of funds that would help Colgate to "further develop and support DEI efforts." Included, is the Henry Livingston Simpson endowment fund which is "valued at $500,000" and "will be used to support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and will be managed by the incoming CDO."
  • Colgate's "Alumni of Color Third-Century Fund" would "provide new support for our ongoing and developing DEI initiatives." The fund is part of a broader effort at the university to establish anti-racism initiatives.
  • “Organization of Asian Sisters in Solidarity” and faculty hosted a panel on the “State of Hate Culture and Racism on Campus”.
  • As part of its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism programming, the university hosted a Unity in Diversity keynote speech.
  • The mission of the Race and Education Lecture Series is to "critically discuss the issues of race and racism and the impact these issues have upon the educational system and broader society..." This series "engages and assists the Colgate community in understanding the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in educational curriculum, pedagogy, programs, and policies."
  • Colgate published its "Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" and includes status updates between 2021 and 2020.
  • Colgate has joined the "Consortium for Faculty Diversity" which is a "national consortium that will help diversify" the university's faculty. CFD scholars "will come directly to Colgate through new post-doctoral fellowships and will immediately teach in the University’s curriculum."
  • Colgate is an "inaugural member" of the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance which is a "consortium of institutions geared toward finding creative solutions for addressing issues of racial equity and diversity on campus."
  • On October 3, 2023, Colgate's Women's Studies Program is hosting an event titled "The Intersection of Police Violence and Reproductive Justice," which is described as follows: "SeQuoia Kemp, student midwife, public health educator, and Black Lives Matter Syracuse organizer, will trace out the relationship between reproductive justice, police violence, and the production of maternal toxic zones. During this event, Kemp will explain the impact of state-sanctioned violence by law enforcement on the mental, physical, and emotional health of Black families locally and nationally."
Last updated September 29th, 2023
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