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 (Fall 2019)


  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Ancient Mesoamerican Civilization
  • The Anthropology of Performance
  • Early Cultures of the Old World
  • Language, Culture and Society
  • Method and Theory in Archaeology

Art History

  • Global Perspectives in Art History
  • Mainland, Peninsula & Archipelago: Introduction to East Asian Art & Archaeology


  • Public Health Disparities

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

  • Introduction to Caribbean and Latin American Studies


  • Contemporary Dance I
  • Jazz Dance I


  • Development Economics
  • Chinese Economy
  • International Economics

Gender Studies

  • Queer History


  • Seminar on Migration, Borders, and Human Rights


  • East Asian Civilization
  • Medieval Europe
  • American History Survey: Pre-Colonial to 1865
  • The Black Death
  • Women and Gender in China


  • Broken Brains, Broke Souls: Patient Experiences in Neurology and Psychiatry Since 1800


  • Lecturas Hispanicas
  • Literatura del Caribe Hispanico


  • Reimagine China and the World: Chinese Science Fiction in the Twenty-First Century
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Mapping America: Literature and Culture from the Voyages of Exploration to the Present
  • Terror and Fiction: British, American, and World Literature
  • Anglo-American Feminist Theory: Conceiving Women
  • Latin American Storytellers
  • The City in World Literature: Globalized Gentrification
  • On State in Paris and Montreal: French/Francophone Theatre Since 1944


  • Music of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean

Natural Sciences

  • Statistical Learning


  • Phenomenology/Critical Phenomenology


  • Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Introduction to the Qur’an
  • Tibetan Buddhism


  • Introduction to Sociology


  • Theatre History

Upcoming Events

September 2019

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.