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Hamilton College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
198 College Hill Rd
Clinton, New York 13323
Phone
(315) 859-4011
Email address
admission@hamilton.edu
School Information
"History: Founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy; chartered in 1812 as Hamilton College; third oldest college established in New York State. "Location: Hamilton’s 1,350-acre campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque village of Clinton. The College is eight miles southwest of Utica, 45 minutes east of Syracuse, one hour from the Adirondack Park to the northeast and 90 minutes west of Albany." The college enrolls over 1,800 students, employs 194 full-time faculty, and has 57 areas of study. (Source: https://www.hamilton.edu/about/just-the-facts)
General Information
Since 2018, Hamilton College has been taking steps to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The college has implemented a new curriculum requirement "to help students gain 'an understanding of structural and institutional hierarchies...'" It has also increased implicit bias training, pledged to increase funding for DEI initiatives, and formed an Advisory Council. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Since 2018, the college has "increased training for staff, students, and faculty members to guard against implicit bias (in interviewing, programming, teaching, and daily interactions)."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Since 2018, the college has "fully implemented a new requirement offered across the curriculum designed to help students gain 'an understanding of structural and institutional hierarchies based on one or more of the social categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexuality, age, and abilities/disabilities'".
  • As of Fall 2021, the college it offering a course named “Racism and Anti-racism” that discusses the abolitionist movement and modern anti-racist authors.
Program and Research Funding
  • The president pledged to increase resources for diversity and inclusion, including "$200,000 per year for the next five years to boost funding to the College’s equity and inclusion initiatives" and "$139,486 raised during a fiscal year-end campaign from alumni to support Hamilton’s diversity, equity, and inclusion programming in the wake of national protests against racial injustice."
Resources
  • Collaborating with the Dean of Students Office, organizers created a "Vigil of Hope" where "organizers would email a 'racial equity commitment card' that Hamilton community members could use to document their commitment and take personal responsibility for systemic change."
Symbolic Actions
  • In June 2020, the president pledged to form an "Advisory Council". The council is composed of "students, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and senior campus and local leadership...committed to helping Hamilton stand in greater solidarity with Black and other historically marginalized community members." The council will hold listening sessions, recommend immediate "action steps", and coordinate a review of existing policies/structures.
  • In June 2020, the president promised to expedite a new "equity and inclusion plan".
Last updated November 30th, 2022
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