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 (BHM) 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 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 address 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. Other campus resources and activities include:

Student Groups

Sarasota and Bradenton resources

Diverse Perspectives Courses (2018-19)


  • Andean Prehistory
  • Anthropology and Development
  • Anthropology and Literature
  • Approaches to Visual Anthropology
  • Colonial Encounters
  • Conservation and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Cultures of the Contemporary USA
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Ethnography: Theory and Practice
  • Historical Archaeology of Latin America
  • History of Anthropological Theory
  • Human Origins and Evolution
  • Landscapes: Past and Present
  • Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • Survey of Archaeology

Art History

  • Representing Difference: Race, Ethnicity, and Visual Arts from Age of Enlightenment to 21st Century


  • Public Health Disparities

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

  • Introduction to Caribbean and Latin American Studies


  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Race, Gender and Discrimination
  • Introduction to International Business
  • World Economic History

Gender Studies

  • Feminist, Queer and Trans Theory
  • Gender, Race and Surveillance
  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Masculinities


  • Geography of Globalization
  • Global Migration


  • The Age of Openness: China Before Mao (1912-49)
  • Chinese History to 1800
  • Chinese History Since 1800
  • Food, Fuel, Fiber, and Finance: A History of Global Capitalism
  • From Painted Women to Mad Men: Consumerism and Spectacle in American History
  • Norman Conquests
  • Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • The Rise of Urban America: How Race, Region, Gender & Class Shaped the Modern American City
  • Sex, Lies and Damnation: Pope Gregory VII and Emperor Henry IV
  • U.S. – Japan Relations of the 20th Century
  • Women and Gender in China


  • Lecturas Hispanicas


  • Crossing Cultural Borders in American Literature and Film
  • Giving Voice to Identity: Manifestos, Poetry, Fiction & Autofiction from Quebec to Francophone
  • Introduction to World Literature
  • Landscape in Chinese Literature
  • Manifestos!
  • Migration and Memory: New Pathways in World Literature
  • Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • Performing Gender, Class and Identity in Early Modern Drama
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • Terror and Fiction: British, American and World Literature
  • Theater and Society
  • Understanding Poetry
  • Uninhabitable Worlds
  • Women in Russian Literature: 1780s-1990s
  • Women Who Transgress in American Literature
  • Writing the Self: Autobiography, Testimony and Biography


  • Music and Nationalism in Latin America
  • Popular Music and Societies of the Hispanic Caribbean
  • Societies and Cultures of the Contemporary Caribbean
  • Urban Dance I


  • Advanced Ethics Survey
  • Classical Chinese Philosophy
  • Comparative History of Philosophy
  • Ethics of Otherness
  • Existentialist Themes
  • Topics in Feminist Philosophy


  • Personality Psychology
  • Psychology of Religion


  • Christian Scriptures
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Introduction to Hinduism
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • Islamic History (570-1500): Politics, Society, and Culture
  • Islamic Movements: From Early to Modern Religious Militancy
  • Ritual Theory
  • Varieties of Judaism in the Modern World
  • Varieties of Religious Experience


  • Contemporary Gender Seminar
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Family


  • Contemporary Dance I
  • Dance, Brain, & Parkinson
  • Dances in Many Spaces
  • Heritage and Tourism Performance
  • Introduction to Performance Studies

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