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.
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 2019 Profile.
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.
A special advisory committee to the President charged with the following key responsibilities:
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.
Faculty members who self-identify as "people of color" 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 junior and senior faculty of color. Topics include: