New College of Florida congratulates Professors Sarah Hernandez and Queen Zabriskie on their Unity Awards. Their achievements embody New College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and mission to prepare intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement. We can best accomplish our mission by fostering a vibrant learning environment that’s diverse, inclusive and characterized by openness, kindness and mutual respect. When individuals of all religions, races, ethnicities, abilities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, and political and economic backgrounds, and every heritage feel welcome and free to contribute, then we realize our vision.
In 1959, when the United Church of Christ provided the initial funding to establish New College, the church stipulated that it “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 or admission.” No other Florida college had an open admissions policy. The 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.”
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