Colorado College Opens Its Doors to Students from Anti-DEI States

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A new pilot program seeks to facilitate student transfers between the University of California and the state’s community college system.

In response to anti-DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) laws passed in five states, Colorado College (CC) recently launched the Healing and Affirming Village and Empowerment Network (HAVEN) initiative to support students wanting to transfer from impacted institutions. The program, offered for the next two academic years, aims to combat potential climates of uncertainty, fear, and violence.

To assist students from Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and North Dakota, CC is streamlining the college transfer process. The college will offer full financial aid, complete credit for transferable courses, guaranteed on-campus housing, and access to essential resources, including counseling and identity-affirming programs.

“HAVENis a response to an immediate need for those in harm’s way and I am proud that CC is acting out our commitment to antiracism in such a meaningful manner,” said Rosalie Rodriguez, associate vice president of Institutional Equity and Belonging, in a press release. “For colleges that value educating the whole student, now is the time to live out your value system and push back against these repressive laws.” 

To be eligible, students must be degree-seeking and intend to transfer to and graduate from Colorado College. Applications for January 2024 admission closed on October 15, 2023. The deadline to apply for August 2024 enrollment is March 1, 2024.

Since late 2022, Republican legislators have proposed 40 anti-DEI bills targeting higher education. These measures challenge critical institutional procedures such as mandatory DEI training for employees, required diversity statements in hiring, DEI office programming, and curriculum and concepts related to systemic racism, sexism, oppression, and privilege.

“We are excited to launch this new program as the college deepens our commitment to anti-racism,” said CC Vice President for Enrollment Mark Hatch in a press release. “As our staff in admission and financial aid seek to enroll a talented and diverse student body, our faculty, staff, and students remain passionate about creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for the entire Colorado College community.”