In 2012 when the BIPR team was instituted, the team took initiative to not only respond to bias and hate behavior at Colby College, but to take steps to prevent it. Through an intentional strategy, the campus is presented with regularly scheduled learning opportunities that:
- Define bias and hate behavior within our community standards
- Characterize ways these behaviors manifest themselves in our community
- Communicate ways these behaviors impact our community
- Explore strategies for reduction and eradication of bias and hate behavior
Our strategy is based upon the College’s Diversity Statement and the Colby Affirmation:
Colby College Diversity Statement
Colby College is dedicated to the education of humane, thoughtful, and engaged persons prepared to respond to the challenges of an increasingly diverse and global society and to the issues of justice that arise therein. The College also is committed to fostering a fully inclusive campus community, enriched by persons of different races, gender identities, ethnicities, nationalities, economic backgrounds, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, political beliefs, and spiritual values. We strive to confront and overcome actions and attitudes that discourage the widest possible range of participation in our community, and we seek to deepen our understanding of diversity in our daily relationships and in our dealings as an institution.
The Colby Affirmation
Colby College is a community dedicated to learning and committed to the growth and well-being of all its members. As a community devoted to intellectual growth, we value academic integrity. We agree to take ownership of our academic work, to submit only work that is our own, to fully acknowledge the research and ideas of others in our work, and to abide by the instructions and regulations governing academic work established by the faculty. As a community built on respect for ourselves, each other, and our physical environment, we recognize the diversity of people that have gathered here and that genuine inclusivity requires active, honest, and compassionate engagement with one another. We agree to respect each other, to honor community expectations, and to comply with college policies. As a member of this community, I pledge to hold myself and others accountable to these values.
Campus Resources for learning and collaborating to address bias at Colby College.
Colby community members have access to a variety of resources provided by trained staff.
- Joseph E. Atkins, (Eustis Building 210, 207-859-4252/4253, firstname.lastname@example.org) is Assistant Dean of Students. Dean Atkins oversees the Campus Conversations on Race (CCOR) program on campus. CCOR provides opportunities for dialogue on race and ethnicity. Trained facilitators lead group dialogue to assist participants in fuller understanding of race and ethnicity.
- Tashia L. Bradley, (Eustis 203C, 207-859-4250/4256,email@example.com) is Senior Associate Dean of Students and Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Programs/Director of the Pugh Center. Dean Bradley coordinates diversity and inclusion programming, First Generation to College Student programs, and is the Title IX Coordinator for students.
- Cora Clukey, (Eustis Building, first floor, 207-859-4733, firstname.lastname@example.org) is Colby’s Director of Equal Employment Opportunity. Ms. Clukey is also the Title IX Coodinator for faculty, staff, and administration.
- Susan M. McDougal, (Eustis 210, 207-859-4252/4263, email@example.com) is Associate Dean of Students. Dean McDougal works with International Students Services on campus.
- Kurt D. Nelson, (Lorimer Chapel 034, 207-859-4272, firstname.lastname@example.org) is Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life. Dean Nelson provides spiritual guidance and in the context of ordained clergy, confidential support.
- Emily E. Schusterbauer, (Pugh Center, second floor, 207-859-4093, email@example.com) is Director of Gender and Sexual Diversity Program/Associate Director of Pugh Center.
Gallery of Programs
Teaching Tolerance – http://www.tolerance.org
The Civility Project at Mason – http://civilityproject.onmason.com/
University of Illinois Office for Student Conflict and Resolution –http://www.conflictresolution.illinois.edu/tolerance/about.asp
Anti-Defamation League – http://www.adl.org/imagine/#.VOx3vcewHro
Campus Pride – http://www.campuspride.org
Williams College- http://www.speakup.williams.edu/