Davidson's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is grounded in the college's Statement of Purpose and extends to the entire Davidson community. The college seeks to foster mutual respect and understanding among and for all people of different cultures, ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, genders, ages, national origins, socio-economic backgrounds, and physical abilities.
We strive to enrich our community by attracting, supporting, and retaining students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who bring a variety of talents, passions, and worldviews. Davidson adheres to strict non-discrimination policies and is a place where those who live, work, and study see difference as an opportunity to learn about themselves, each other, and the larger world. The college is committed to fostering humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service after Davidson.
Students have opportunities to explore the complexities of an increasingly interconnected world through academic coursework. Each student must fulfill a Justice, Equality, and Community course requirement by choosing from a wide array of courses that address justice and equality as they appear in various communities and that focus on methods that have been used to foster awareness of or to remedy inequalities and injustice. Students must also 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 culture of the United States or Europe. The foreign-language requirement ensures students reach an acceptable intermediate proficiency in a second language. Learn more about all academic programs.
Students closely connect to their own cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as to the backgrounds of the students around them, through a vast array of cultural clubs, organizations, and leadership opportunities. The Diversity and Inclusion Office assists students from minority groups through associations and organizations, the ambassadors program, and the STRIDE support program that helps new students adjust to college life.
Davidson encourages students to acknowledge and discuss the faith traditions and spiritual practices of its diverse student body. The college, through student interest groups and Davidson-sponsored programmatic efforts, supports students of all faith and religious traditions and those without specific traditions. The Office of the Chaplain nurtures a spiritual environment, offering a wide range of opportunities for worship, fellowship, service, and study.
Through programmatic resources and powerful student organizations, Davidson promotes a safe, open environment for all of its students regardless of race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.