Our Ongoing Work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

March 2023 Update

The following is an overview of the work that is taking place across the College to create a shared sense of belonging and equity of opportunity for all students and employees. This is not a comprehensive listing of everything we are doing, rather it is illustrative of the many efforts underway across our community. We are in the early stages of a process that will extend indefinitely at Bowdoin. We will issue annual updates on our progress, our stumbles, and our new areas of work.
We have several goals for doing the work of building diversity, equity, and inclusion at Bowdoin:

  • We aspire to be a community filled with students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are smart, engaged, curious, kind, collaborative, and generous in spirit and who embody our essential ethos of serving the common good.
  • We aspire to be a community where everyone has the opportunity to belong and to know they belong
  • We aspire to be a community where there is equity in the opportunity to pursue the same successes, outcomes, and lived experiences.
  • We aspire to help prepare our students to lead in a world where the demographics are changing rapidly and where individual identities are simultaneously being understood and celebrated—and contested and denigrated. These changes and issues have profound political, social, economic, cultural, and scientific implications. Our students need the skills and tools to understand, navigate, discuss, and challenge bias, prejudice, and systematic marginalization and their implications in a knowledgeable and respectful way.
Key Initiatives