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 (Spring 2020)


  • History and Culture of Mesoamerica
  • Urban Anthropology: Past, Present and Future
  • Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspectives
  • Archaeology of Florida
  • Ethnography: Theory and Practice

Art History

  • Caravaggio (1571-1610)
  • Warriors, Queens & Learned Women: Revising Women’s Narratives in Manuscripts of Christine de Pizan


  • Global Health and Humanity
  • Sex, Gender, Mind and Brain

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

  • Bittersweet Societies: A Critical Exploration of the Caribbean


  • Dance/Art CoLab and Performance
  • Intermediate Contemporary Dance


  • Introduction to International Business
  • Development Economics

Environmental Studies

  • Climate Change: Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Gender Studies

  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Feminist, Queer and Trans Theory


  • Postcolonial and Decolonial Geographies


  • Our World Since 1870: Topics and Themes in Modern World History
  • American History Survey: 1865 to the Present
  • Environmental History of China
  • The Carolingian Empire


  • Bodies and Minds: What Are the Humanities?
  • Empire, Power, and Culture: The Mongols in the Islamic Lands
  • Islamic History 500-1500


  • Advanced German: The Third World in German Literature


  • Classic Chinese Literature
  • German Family Memory Novels and Autobiographies
  • Black, White, and German: Afro-Germans and German Identity
  • Global Politics, Radical Comics: Representation and Reportage in Transnational Graphic Novels
  • The Need for Fiction: The Novel as Investigation of Social Dramas
  • In the Break: Innovation in African American Poetry
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory


  • Music in the United States
  • From Conjunto to Latin Trap: The History of LatinX Music in the USA


  • Classical Chinese Philosophy
  • Groups, Social Classification, and Reality


  • Psychology of Religion
  • Personality Psychology
  • Cognitive Laboratory in Parallel Approaches to Facilitating Wellbeing Across Species
  • Self and Identity


  • Introduction to the Qur’an
  • Tibetan Buddhism


  • Cultural Politics and Performance in the African Diaspora
  • Critical Race Theory


  • Latin American and Caribbean Performance