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 (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.”
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:
Caribbean and Latin American Studies
Religion In Sarasota Series: Talking Religion With Samar Dahmash-Jarrah
When: Tue Sep 24 2019 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Where: Sainer Auditorium – New College of Florida
Samar Dahmash-Jarra will talk about Arab-American relations after Sept. 11, 201, and her own experiences as a Muslim.
Samar Dahmash-Jarra is a Kuwait-born Palestinian-American speaker, journalist, and educator. She has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East and has lived in Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and America. Dahmash-Jarrah professional accomplishments include being a contributor to CNN World Report; news editor and reporter for Jordan Television; editor and reporter for Jordan Weekly; and a Political Science instructor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After the World Trade Center tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, Dahmash-Jarrah, an American citizen, was asked by many community organizations, churches, temples, and peace groups to speak about the Arab world. These events and the Iraq War served as the inspiration for Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts, a first step in fostering direct dialogue between Americans and Arabs. Topics of past discussions involve international relations, media, Islam, and culture. Dahmash-Jarrah holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies. Samar authored two books in Arabic about her life in the U.S. as an American Arab Muslim Woman.
Trans Cultural Production: Poetry Reading and Q&A
When: Thu Sep 26 2019 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Please join us for a reading and Q&A by Cameron Awkward-Rich, author of the forthcoming “Dispatch” and the collection “Sympathetic Little Monster,” which was a finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award, and which poet Danez Smith described as “at once analytical, magical, confession, dismissive, but ultimately, and simply, a collection breaking new ground in Trans, Queer, Black, and American Letters.”
This is one of three planned events by the Gender Studies Program on Trans Cultural Production in September and is a collaboration with Sarasota’s Fabulous Independent Film Fest.
Generous support for these events provided by the Mellon New College and the Cross College Alliance in the Community grant. This event is free and open to the public.
Feminist Friday: Reading While Trans
When: Fri Sep 27 2019 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: ACE Lounge
What’s new in trans literature? What even counts as trans literature? Are there any consistent features of trans literature? What books did trans people recognize themselves in before there were readily available books with trans characters? What does the current work in trans literature tell us about trans identities and politics? Join us for a conversation with Cameron Awkward-Rich and Cassius Adair on these questions and more.
This is one of three planned events by the Gender Studies Program on Trans Cultural Production in September. Generous support for these events provided by the Mellon New College and the Cross College Alliance in the Community grant. This event is free and open to the public.