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.
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.”
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 4C@ncf.edu
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.
Dr. Nassima Neggaz, Professor in Islamic Studies
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.
Caribbean & Latin American Studies