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.

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

Diverse Perspectives Courses (Fall 2020)

Anthropology

  • 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

Biology

  • 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

Chemistry

  • Environmental Chemistry

Computer Science

  • Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science

Dance

  • Introduction to Contemporary Dance
  • Jazz Dance I

Economics

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

Gender Studies

  • Sexual Politics
  • Masculinities

Geography

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

History

  • 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
Humanities

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

Languages

  • Intermediate French
  • Lecturas Hispanicas

Literature

  • 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

Music

  • Popular Music and Societies of the Hispanic Caribbean

Philosophy

  • Medieval Philosophy

Psychology

  • Close Relationships

Religion

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

Sociology

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Gender and the Body

Theater

  • Theater Management and the Arts
  • Introduction to Performance Studies