Education and Training

The College is creating sustained, long-term programming and training to build a better understanding of the history, context, and lived experiences of the people of color in our community and society.

Current: Academic Impressions
Bowdoin has recently partnered with Academic Impressions, an organization specializing in professional development resources for higher education faculty and staff.  This partnership provides all employees at Bowdoin with membership access to a host of training resources designed specifically for folks working in higher education, with many specific workshops related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

2022–2023: Racial Equity eConvening Series 
The Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) will annually host a dozen eConvenings, each on a particular aspect of racial equity. These live high-quality professional learning experiences will be held virtually throughout the year, one per month.  

2021—2022: Racial Equity Institute (REI)—The three-hour workshop A Groundwater Approach to Racial Equity was offered in the spring and fall of 2020 by REI to students, faculty and staff. REI’s “Groundwater Training,” is designed to develop an understanding of the structural causes of racial inequality. Over 90 percent of faculty and staff and 95 percent of trustees have completed this three-hour workshop, while to date, just about 40 percent of students have.  

2021: DiversityEdu Course—In February 2021, students, faculty, and staff completed a mandatory online course from DiversityEdu intended to provide a baseline understanding of the issues of DEI across several factors facing various identities. For some this was old material, but for many others it was new. About 90 percent of faculty, staff, and students participated, and the course was also completed by our trustees.