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Another Historic Moment for Colby College

October 23, 2017

We have just launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign to ensure that our students and faculty have the resources they need to do their very best work in this century and beyond. We launched with a goal that is unprecedented among liberal arts colleges—$750 million.

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Changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program

July 10, 2020
Dear Colby Community, Earlier this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program for non-immigrant students on F-1 and M-1 visas for academic and vocational study. The changes would force international students to leave the country or transfer to an institution offering in-person classes if their colleges and universities are […] Read more
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Recommitting Ourselves to a More Just and Equitable Colby

July 9, 2020
Each day we listen to and read about protests happening around the world, and we too have joined with so many of you in being engaged in our communities to foster positive change. The drumbeat of pain and suffering isn’t going away. Those in the streets who are sacrificing their time, bodies, and energy want […] Read more
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The Plan for Returning to Campus

June 30, 2020
Dear Colby Community, In March, as the global health pandemic emerged in the United States, we made the difficult decision to close the campus, a decision that, in hindsight, was the right one. We said at the time that we would be guided by three principles: protecting the health and safety of the Colby and […] Read more
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Matching-Gift Program Supporting Racial Equality Causes

June 10, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, We are writing to invite you to participate in the change we want to see. Last week we encouraged our alumni to support causes that are helping to mitigate the struggles our communities, near and far, are experiencing during this tumultuous time. Today, in concert with our students, we are […] Read more
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A Call for Collective Action

June 4, 2020
This is a moment for all of us to contribute to change, but especially those of us who benefit from the systems in place and never experience the daily and sometimes deadly consequences of bigotry, intolerance, and structural inequality. Read more
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A Time for Reflection and Action

May 31, 2020
Amid rising awareness about racial violence and inequities, President David A. Greene this weekend told the community that Colby will launch an “Inequality Lab” to examine these issues in our society and train future leaders to address them. Multi-disciplinary scholarship will examine inequality, societal challenges, and training future leaders to make positive change. Read more
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Reflections on Recent Events

October 28, 2018
Dear Colby Community, I feel the heaviness of our times. The heinous murder and harm inflicted on worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh was an unspeakable act of terror, and as devastating as it was, it was not an isolated event. Just in the last week we saw public figures have their […] Read more
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Opening of Spring Semester

February 13, 2018
Dear Campus Community, In my convocation address at the start of the academic year, I spoke of an emerging and serious set of challenges facing American higher education. Some of the challenges are coming from outside the academy, such as eroding public support for higher education, and others have been generated internally. These include a […] Read more
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At Colby College, an honor for a former slave

November 26, 2017
Colby, like many colleges, is grappling with its complicated historical ties to slavery. Other schools have done so only after outcry from students. Here, it took very little prompting for the president to coax his campus to confront this chapter of its history. “This is one of those stories that we never should have buried. It should have been out front for us for a long time,” said president David Greene. Read more
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Opening of the Academic Year

September 5, 2017
Dear Colby Community, The challenges of our world can seem overwhelming: natural disasters, global conflicts, and violence in our communities; anger, ignorance, and bigotry; gross disparities in the human condition; and leaders across sectors acting in narrow self-interest instead of furthering the commonweal. These are challenges that can erode our hope and sense of possibility. […] Read more
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