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New College of Florida

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida 34243
(941) 487-5000
Email address
School Information
"Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the Honors College of Florida. New College provides students with limitless, original opportunities for success through a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences; a master’s degree program in data science; and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills" ( The school has a total enrollment of over 600 and a student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1.
General Information
New College of Florida has recently voted to dismantle DEI efforts. Furthermore, the requirement for a DEI statement for faculty hiring has been abolished. No funding will be spent towards DEI efforts. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • On March 1, 2023, the board voted to “eliminate the diversity statement when hiring faculty and to direct Corcoran to consider adopting a prohibition on diversity training for employees.”
Program and Research Funding
  • On March 1, 2023, it was also decided that that board will “create a school policy that prohibits spending money on any DEI efforts.” DEI is now defined within the school as “any effort to manipulate or otherwise influence the composition of the faculty or student body with reference to race, sex, color, or ethnicity” and furthermore includes the definition of “any effort to promote as the official position of the administration, the college, or any administrative unit thereof, a particular, widely contested opinion referencing unconscious or implicit bias, cultural appropriation, allyship, transgender ideology, microaggressions, group marginalization, anti-racism, systemic oppression, social justice, intersectionality, neo-pronouns, heteronormativity, disparate impact, gender theory, racial or sexual privilege, or any related formulation of these concepts."
Symbolic Actions
  • On February 2, 2023, it was announced that, “The newly conservative majority on the once progressive New College of Florida board of trustees – most of whom DeSantis recently appointed – voted to oust the current president, Patricia Okker. They also voted to begin debate on whether to abolish the office of diversity, equity and inclusion, and related programs. The final word on diversity, equity and inclusion programs will come at another meeting.”
  • The New College of Florida has a program known as the “New College Black history program, which also brings local high school students to campus,” where the members discuss issues, literature, and other media.
  • On March 1, 2023, it was announced that the New College of Florida’s Board of Trustees made a decision and “abolished the office handling diversity, equity and inclusion programs during a contentious and emotional meeting.” It was voted that the school will eliminate the Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence.
Last updated June 16th, 2023
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