Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Experiences that shape you.

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.

Our Programs

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.

First-Generation Students

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Support Programs

    Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences

    CAPS offers summer research opportunities for incoming first-years from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the sciences. It provides you with hands-on research experiences in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and other natural science disciplines. Students work closely with Colby professors in classroom, lab, and field experiences specifically designed to help you thrive in first-year science courses.

    First-Generation Program

    Through a program housed in the Pugh Center, we provide first-generation students with the support and preparation necessary to learn, grow, and thrive.

    The Posse Program

    The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits, and selects student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called “posses.” Groups of 10 to 12 students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds support each other.


    QuestBridge, a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, Calif., connects the nation’s most exceptional low-income youth with leading institutions of higher education and further life opportunities. Our partnership with QuestBridge creates a pathway to Colby for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend.

    Ralph J. Bunche Scholars

    The Bunche scholarship program was started at Colby in 1979 to honor the memory of Nobel Prize-winning diplomat, civil rights activist, and friend of the College Ralph J. Bunche. Scholars are chosen because of demonstrated academic achievement and community involvement. Each is recognized through various efforts throughout the year, earns a learning stipend, and has access to resources to fund further learning and engagement in peace, international, and social justice studies. Current Bunche Scholars should apply here to access their funds.