Moving our community forward

Colby is focused on building a more inclusive and equitable community.

I have spent the better part of eight months engaging in meetings and one-on-one conversations at performances, sporting events, and lectures. I have witnessed the power of patience, understanding, and community building.

Karlene Burrell-McRae

Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94

Through these interactions, I heard from many about how lucky they feel to be part of this community. I also heard of the challenging experiences that interfere with being full participants of our community. I’ve often tried to acknowledge both the many opportunities afforded to us as members of the Colby community as well as our potential to grow and be better.

During the fall semester, I was fortunate to spend time with more than 500 members of our community to hear reactions to the report of the Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Those conversations gave me a better understanding of the varied experiences at Colby.

We continue to gather important information about the many areas in which Colby is doing well and the areas in which we can improve. I will present not only what is discovered in the coming months, I will use the information to offer tangible policies and practices to advance a more inclusive and equitable community.

The voices and experiences of our campus community matter to us, and we want to work together to celebrate the amazing opportunities afforded to us while making necessary changes to reach our aspirational goal of creating a fully inclusive community. 

-Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94
Dean of the College

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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