Initiatives

Education 

DiversityEdu Course: In February 2021, students, faculty, and staff completed a mandatory DiversityEdu online course to create a shared baseline understanding of the issues around equity and inclusion that we will be addressing as a community. 

Racial Equity Institute (REI): The three-hour workshop A Groundwater Approach to Racial Equity is presented by REI and uses stories and data to develop an understanding of the structural causes of racial inequity. In April 2021, students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to attend one of two workshops. We will be scheduling additional dates for late summer and fall.  

History Project 

Bowdoin History Project:  There are aspects of the College’s history with respect to race that we can rightly be proud of, and we make these a part of the Bowdoin story, but we also have a history that is much more difficult, and about which we are less transparent. It is challenging, but as we better understand our history, as we engage with it and learn from it, we will make Bowdoin stronger. This project will make it possible for Bowdoin to fully live up to our aspiration to be a community where we each belong. Additional information about the Bowdoin History Project will be shared in the summer of 2021. 

Institutional 

Diversity Advisory and Research Team (DART):  Members of DART represent a small group of people from across the College who work with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity in a strategic thinking partnership and who have a combination of representation and experience, as well as the right size to be nimble, proactive, and responsive. DART holds a space where many of our diversity efforts, challenges, and needs can be examined and understood and where interventions can be tested and solutions sought. Those practices determined to be successful will be integrated into operational areas of the College where they should most naturally reside. Members will hear of diversity and inclusivity work from across divisions. When applicable, members are expected to disseminate information to their respective constituents, as well as bring back to DART any reaction and recommendations from doing so.

Lived Name Initiative: Many offices on campus have been working together since 2014 to launch the Lived Name Initiative, which lets students, faculty, and staff specify a name they go by that may differ from their legal name.