Fostering a diverse, inclusive and vibrant campus community

New College educates intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement in a diverse, inclusive and vibrant community characterized by openness, kindness and mutual respect. The college fosters a climate in which individuals of all religions, all races, all ethnicities, all abilities, all gender expressions, all sexual orientations, all political and economic backgrounds, and every heritage contribute and are welcome.

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 Committee on Diversity, Community and College Life 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

Upcoming Events

January 2019

New Topics – Excavating the Foundations of Charity in Classical Jewish Texts

When: Tue Jan 22 2019 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Where: Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243


The Klingenstein Chair of Judaic Studies at New College presents Gregg Gardner, associate professor and The Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at the University of British Columbia.

While the Hebrew Bible demands a welcome for the stranger, as well as care for orphans and widows, it leaves specifics undisclosed. Rabbinic Judaism crafted these aspirations into communal and institutional almsgiving. Leading us through a close look at texts from the third century C.E. and following, professor Gardner reveals glimpses of the obstacles and possibilities that led to the establishment of the two key Jewish charitable organizations – the “soup kitchen” (tamhui) and the “charity fund” (quppa), as well as other methods for protecting the dignity of those who give or receive support.

The lecture is sponsored by New College of Florida, The Klingenstein Chair of Judaic Studies and The Jay Rudolph Endowment, and New Topics New College.

The event is free; however New Topics events are very close to capacity on most programs and are not currently taking online reservations. Please call 941-487-4888 for more information or to be placed on a waiting list.

February 2019

Concert Sur La Bay

When: Sat Feb 2 2019 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Where: College Hall


This event kicks off the NCF Black History Month of events. Join us for an evening of live music performances featuring local bands and a bomba dance workshop
Hosted by: Black History Month Committee
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Speaking Truth to Power: The Role of Hip Hop in the Post- Obama Era

When: Tue Feb 5 2019 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: Harry Sudakoff Conference Center


Talk by James Stewart, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Hosted by: Black History Month Committee
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African Diaspora Film Festival – ‘The Feminist on Cell Block Y’

When: Thu Feb 7 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Academic Center – ACE 115


A convicted felon builds a feminist movement from behind bars at an all – male prison. The movie is followed by presentation about the Innocence Project of Florida by Harriet Hendel.
Hosted by: Black History Month Committee
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Asian Film Series: Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

When: Fri Feb 8 2019 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243


Inspired by Yann Arthus-Berthan’s Home (2009), this first aerial documentary juxtaposes the island’s breathtaking natural scenery with its alarming despoliation by human greed and negligence. The film broke the Taiwan box office records for the lagers opening weekend and the highest total gross of a locally produced documentary. The film was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Original Film Score at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, winning the best documentary category.

Black Mental Health and Wellness Symposium

When: Sat Feb 9 2019 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: NCF College Hall


Hosted by: Black History Month Committee
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African Diaspora Film Festival- Black Power Mixtape

When: Tue Feb 12 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: ACE 115


THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television.

Hosted by: Black History Month Committee
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Staged Reading of The (M)others

When: Fri Feb 15 2019 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Where: USF – Sarasota Manatee


The words spoken in The (M)others are verbatim excerpts from interviews conducted by Nikki Yeboah with Bay-Area mothers who have lost loved ones at the hands of police. Through their stories, we get closer to understanding the toll police violence takes on families. These are the narratives of those who are left to put back the pieces after their loved ones are gone
The (M)others is written by Nikki Yeboah.

Hosted by: Black History Month Committee
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