Institutional Commitment

Davidson College understands that cultivating a broadly diverse community is crucial to our educational mission and to our foundational commitment to leadership and service. We seek out applications from talented faculty, staff and students from diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, national origins, socio-economic backgrounds, and abilities. Our policies do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability. We welcome and strive to foster mutual respect among all members of our community. We assert our commitment to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and asexual/ally (LGBTQA) faculty, staff, students, alumni and their families in our policies and practices and continuously examine areas for improvement.

This commitment to our LGBTQA community members is reflected in Davidson's non-discrimination policies, our benefits plans, our diversity statement, and our student Code of Responsibility. We believe that these policies are crucial to the realization of our aspirations and that they enable us to recruit and retain the highest caliber colleagues and students.

Student Body Diversity

Davidson College is dedicated to intellectual and cultural growth in the broadest sense. Davidson prides itself on a student body made up of talented people in the U.S. and other nations, chosen not only for their academic achievement, but also for their unique combination of talent, aptitude, worldview, service and aspiration. View the Class of 2020 Profile.

Curriculum

Students have abundant opportunities for exploring the complexities of a diverse, interconnected, unequal and changing world through academic coursework. Each student must fulfill a cultural diversity requirement by taking a course designated by the faculty as having a significant component or focus directed at the cultural experience of a group differing from that of the dominant cultures and social identities of the United States and Europe. The college recently added the Africana Studies major and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Students also are strongly encouraged to supplement their education with high impact learning experiences such as studying abroad, studying away (at other locations in the United States), community-based learning opportunities, internships, fellowships, shadowing and alternative breaks.   

President's Advisory Committee

A special advisory committee to the President charged with the following key responsibilities:

  • Recommend best practices to be used by search committee to encourage diversity hiring;
  • Making recommendations on diversity policies and programs, including changes to existing policies or programs and adoption of new policies and programs;
  • Review the college's response to acts of intolerance and make recommendations regarding the college's response to any future acts of intolerance;
  • Recommend ways for tracking, and assist in tracking, progress on matters of diversity via completion of an annual report; and
    Make recommendations related to diversifying curricular and co-curricular activities.

Equity Advisers & Student Initiative for Academic Diversity (SIAD)

Equity Advisers and SIAD assist departmental search committees throughout the hiring process to ensure an equitable search process free of implicit bias and designed to yield a diverse pool of qualified candidates.

Equity Advisers are faculty members external to the search committee and hiring department. They are trained on hiring research and best practices in academic searches, particularly on creating an unbiased and inclusive hiring process.

SIAD members are trained student volunteers that conduct on-campus interviews with potential tenure-track faculty and senior administration candidates with a focus on the candidates' experiences and preparedness to teach, advise, support, advocate for and serve a diverse student body.    

Future Faculty Recruitment Network  

In our effort to proactively recruit graduate students and faculty from under-represented racial minority groups, Davidson College belongs to, and actively participates in, the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) network and soon The Consortium for Faculty Diversity.

Faculty Affinity Groups

Faculty of Color is an affinity group for faculty members who self-identify as "people of color." They informally meet each month at the Spencer Weinstein Center for Community and Justice to discuss a wide range of topics that impact their experiences at Davidson College with other junior and senior faculty. You may email Helen Cho at hecho@davidson.edu to join.

Topics include:

  • The road to tenure
  • Wisely managing service requests
  • Hiring and promotion practices
  • Student diversity demographics and support
  • Curricular diversity
  • Inclusive advising practices
  • Campus climate
  • Professional development opportunities and resources

The LGBTQA Caucus advocates for and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons at the college by attending to the issues, ideas, social history, and cultural practices that are critical for sustaining a diverse and inclusive community. This group connects the campus community together to educate on LGBTQA issues, supports the college's non-discrimination policy, collaborates with other social justice groups, and disseminates information about relevant news, events and achievements. The group meets monthly and meetings are posted on the Campus Calendar under student and employee events. You may also email George Campbell at gecampbell@davidson.edu to join the listserv.