A Legacy of Social Justice
You learn by stepping into the space between yourself and others. It’s how you broaden your perspective. It’s where you deepen your compassion.
Our students formed the nation’s first college-based social justice group, the Anti-Slavery Society, in 1833. Across the decades since, a deep commitment to human rights and social justice is evident in the actions of Colby people and the reach of our programs.
Every voice, background, and perspective adds value to the Colby experience. For multicultural and first-generation-to-college first-years, special programs promote retention and success.
The Pugh Center
The Pugh Center is the hub of celebration and support for the many cultures and communities that lend vitality and perspective to the Colby experience. The center houses many culture-themed clubs and organizations, hosts related programming, and fosters important conversation on topics surrounding race, ethnicity, gender, culture, sexual diversity, identity, and socioeconomic status—at Colby and throughout the world.
Gender and Sexual Diversity
The Gender and Sexual Diversity Program is your resource and ally for promoting social justice issues through the lens of gender and sexuality. We coordinate student-centered, sexual-violence-prevention education and provide confidential support and advocacy around the issue of sexual misconduct.
Religious and Spiritual Life
Whether you are looking to connect with your religious or spiritual tradition, learn about traditions or perspectives other than your own, or find a hospitable place for community and conversation, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is here for you.
International Student Programs and Services
By engaging with Colby peers from around the world, you enhance your understanding of global issues. You learn from others in lively classroom and dinnertime discussions and by immersing yourself in other cultures.
Colby will support you as you become familiar with campus traditions and expectations, develop a plan for academic success with professors, peers, and administration, and consider financing options for your college experience.