The following report recognizes progress that builds on the longstanding partnerships across campus and represents the collective work of many interdisciplinary programs and centers, academic departments and administrative offices. It is a living document that will be updated regularly to highlight new efforts underway. 


  • Hired John McKnight as the new Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
  • Hired three tenure-track faculty of color in the departments of history, English, and psychology
  • Hired a postdoctoral faculty of color, and a first-generation postdoc, as part of the College’s Creating Connections Consortium (C3)
  • Launched a search for a new full-time Director of LGBTQIA Center
  • Initiated steps to make Director of Women’s Center full time
  • Increased hours of existing counselors in Health and Counseling Services for Spring 2016
  • Hired two, additional full-time postdoctoral counselors for Fall 2016, one with multicultural expertise; the other with expertise in LGBTQIA counseling.

Programming and Curriculum

  • Sponsored and/or co-sponsored, through the Office of the Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, almost 60 programs during the academic year (more than 30 in Spring 2016) in partnership with students, faculty, and staff (See full list of programming)
  • Implemented a semester-long series of events related to racial injustice in our legal system as part of the One Book, One Region program Culminating event was the inaugural President’s Distinguished Lecture by acclaimed public interest lawyer and author Bryan Stevenson
  • Celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCRSE) with a weeklong series of events, including a lecture/debate with Professors Ed McKenna, Courtney Baker, and Edward Stringham (Trinity College); artist talk with Steve Lambert; Critical Conversations dialogue on race and campus life involving more than 150 students, faculty, and staff; and keynote address by Cornel West
  • Celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Fanning takeover with keynote address by and trustee emeritus Frank Tuitt ’88, and Robert Hampton, former Dean of the College and professor of sociology
  • Sponsored Judy Richardson, filmmaker and civil rights activist, as the Fran and Ray Stark Distinguished Guest Resident in Film Studies
  • Completed full participation pilot program involving 47 faculty members and five departments (dance, philosophy, economics, botany, and biology) Developed action plans and recommendations for fall 2016
  • Launched new partnership with Ashesi University College in Ghana, following a March visit to the school by four students, the director of Unity House, and the Interim Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion. Arranged reciprocal visit for Professor Joseph Oduro-Frimpong and two students from Ashesi
  • Invited director, producer, and filmmaker Stanley Nelson to speak about his award-winning documentary “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”


  • Revised and updated the Bias Protocol for students
  • Secured funding to renovate Unity House in summer 2016
  • Secured funding for new Women’s Center furniture
  • Eliminated Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring break housing and dining charges for all students and provided increased resources for students staying on campus during breaks
  • Compiled research on structural and economic barriers to full participation for students at the College; created a rapid response team to assist students
  • Created a support group for undocumented students
  • Developed plans for the 2016-17 academic year to offer transportation for international students traveling to and from JFK Airport at the start and end of each semester
  • Initiated First Generation program and sponsored a group of students to attend the First Generation Student Summit at Williams College