Programs and Initiatives

Understanding Structural Racism and Its Effects
This site is a crowdsourced collection of resources submitted by Bowdoin students, faculty, staff, and alumni for obtaining insight and knowledge about structural racism and its effects in the US and ways to get involved in combating it.

Diversity Recruiting
Find internship opportunities specifically for students who are traditionally underrepresented in certain fields.

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.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
A signature initiative of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship  (MMUF) program addresses the problem of underrepresentation in the academy, especially at a time when populations of American college students are more racially and ethnically diverse than ever before. To date, almost 850 MMUF fellows, the majority of whom teach in the academy, have earned PhDs.
VIDEO
Toward a More Inclusive Academy: MMUF at 30
THRIVE
Historically, many low-income and first-generation students, as well as those traditionally underrepresented on college campuses, have described their higher education experience as one of survival. This initiative aims to transform the college experience for these students from merely surviving to thriving.
BASE
Bowdoin Advising in Support of academic Excellence (BASE) is an intensive academic advising program that prepares advisors to proactively support their first-year advisees in navigating Bowdoin. Student advisees are selected with consideration to how great their transition to Bowdoin may be, and all are students of color, first-generation-to-college students, and/or low-income students.
Bowdoin Science Experience
Bowdoin Science Experience (BSE) is a five-day on-campus orientation trip that introduces selected students of color, women in the physical sciences, first-generation college students, and low-income students to college level sciences and mathematics.

Peer Mentoring
Peer Mentors may be particularly useful to students in balancing the academic and social-emotional demands of college life, hoping to find more effective approaches to understanding, learning, and remembering new material, overcoming procrastination, learning from and utilizing feedback, or simply achieving the self-structuring demanded by an independent course or honors project.