Fostering a diverse, inclusive and vibrant campus community

At New College it is our mission to educate intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement. We know we can best accomplish that mission by fostering a vibrant learning environment—one that is diverse, inclusive and characterized by openness, kindness and mutual respect. When individuals of all religions, all races, all ethnicities, all abilities, all gender expressions, all sexual orientations, all political and economic backgrounds, and every heritage feel welcome, and free to contribute, then we realize our vision. If you share this vision, know that you are welcome here.

A College Founded on the Principles of Equality and Inclusion

In 1959, the Board of Home Missions of the Congregational and Christian Churches (later renamed the United Church of Christ) provided the initial funding to establish a four-year liberal arts college in Sarasota that would become New College of Florida. The church stipulated that the “college shall be open to all students qualified for its academic program. Race, creed, national origin, or cultural status shall not be considered as a basis for denial of admission.” No other Florida college or university, public or private, had an open admissions policy. The church’s funding was also contingent upon the college agreeing that its board of trustees would be open to the nomination of black trustees. The college’s founders also stipulated: “The college is not just tolerant of all faiths; it expects proponents of various beliefs to be mutually respectful and willing to open their faith to the community.”

Campus Resources and Activities

The Campus Climate and Culture Committee (4C) advises the president and serves as a resource for the extended New College community. The committee’s charge is to collaborate with various campus offices and committees to nourish a truly diverse, inclusive and affirming community. The committee also addresses issues identified by community members and sets a yearly agenda for itself. This committee consists of two students, two staff and two faculty who meet at least once a month, and additionally as needed.

Listen to Making a Better [New], a podcast from the Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence and the Campus Climate and Culture Committee.

The 4C would like to hear from you! Have a suggestion or a question? Interested in joining one of our project-focused work groups? (Typical commitment–3 months) Send an email to

Identity Affirmation Information

Madi Markham and Prof. Emily Fairchild have created a helpful guide to the Gender Identity Affirmation Resources on campus.  It includes an interactive map of all the gender neutral bathroom locations, a step by step guide to updating names, pronouns, and recording legal name changes, as well as a directory of both  on and off campus LGBTQ+ support resources.  

Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships

A number of Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships are listed on this resource from the Center for Engagement & Opportunity (CEO). 

Dr. Nassima Neggaz, Professor in Islamic Studies

Campus Activities

Student Groups

Office of Outreach & Inclusive Excellence

The Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence (OOIE) manages this page. OOIE serves as a focal point for New College community outreach, as well as campus diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more information, click here.

Interview with former president of Sarasota NAACP branch John Rivers conducted by student Kortney Lapeyrolerie. 
Mr. Rivers’ interview was conducted as a part of a eight year-long Oral History project conducted by New College students under the direction of Prof. Erin Dean. Click on the link to see/hear more fascinating oral histories of local community leaders.

Campus Resources

Sarasota and Bradenton Resources

examples of Diverse Perspectives Courses 


  • Beyond the Body: Anthropology of Surgery
  • Survey of Archaeology
  • East African Anthropology
  • Tourism: Culture, Power, Place
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Multimodal Anthropology: Hands-on Projects
  • Beyond the Body: Anthropology of Surgery
  • History of Anthropological Theory
  • Anthropology of Humanitarianism


  • Social Epidemiology

Art History

  • Mainland, Peninsula and Archipelago: Introduction to East Asian Art and Archaeology
  • The Gothic Cathedral

Caribbean & Latin American Studies

  • Cuba and Puerto Rico in the American Century


  • Environmental Chemistry

Computer Science

  • Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science


  • Introduction to Contemporary Dance
  • Jazz Dance I


  • Distributive Justice: Different Viewpoints
  • International Economics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics

Gender Studies

  • Sexual Politics
  • Masculinities


  • Space, Nature and Society: Introduction to Human Geography
  • Global Migration


  • Religious Communities: Spirituality, Gender and Identity
  • The Ancient Mediterranean
  • The United States in the World
  • Chinese History to 1800
  • From Painted Women to Mad Men: Consumerism and Spectacle in America
  • Sex, Lies and Damnation: Pope Gregory VII and Emperor Henry IV
  • Women and Gender in China

  • Medicine and Literature
  • Islam in Western Media: A Deconstruction
  • Illness, Healing and Medicine in Islam
  • Neuroethics


  • Intermediate French
  • Lecturas Hispanicas


  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Through the Lens of the Auteur: Major Directors in Chinese “New Wave” Cinema
  • Terror and Fiction: British, American, and World Literature
  • Writing the Self: Autobiography, Testimony and Biography
  • How a Woman Becomes a Lake and Other Unheroic Actions: Gender and Genre Bending in Creative Writing
  • Migration and Memory: New Pathways in World Literature


  • Popular Music and Societies of the Hispanic Caribbean


  • Medieval Philosophy


  • Close Relationships


  • African American Religious Studies
  • Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • Religion and Gender
  • Christian Scriptures


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Gender and the Body


  • Theater Management and the Arts
  • Introduction to Performance Studies