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Diversity Awareness

Cultural Diversity & LGBTQ+ Issues

At Colby-Sawyer, we are committed to promoting and understanding empathy through comprehensive programs and discussions on cultural diversity and LGBTQ+ issues.

Beyond Tolerance

Through activities and discussion, the program builds empathy and understanding of what it is like to be LGBTQ+ in contemporary society.


A game in which players address contemporary issues, sexism, heterosexism, racism, ableism and Jewish oppression, by answering fact cards and participating in role play.

Demystifying Isms/Cross-cultural Exploration

Gain knowledge regarding commonly used terminology and participate in case studies focusing on cross-cultural interaction.

More Than Words

A peer theater performance followed by a facilitated discussion. Two women, a couple, discuss their perceptions of the campus climate and a man struggles with how to confront his best friends about their heterosexism and his closeted homosexuality.

Understanding and Supporting the LGBTQ Community at Colby-Sawyer

A faculty-led workshop that promotes better understanding of LGBTQ+ terminology, relevant issues, policies and processes. Student leaders, faculty and staff completing the program receive a LGBTQ+ Safe Zone sticker.

What is Your Comfort Level?

A new way of looking at “tolerance” as part of a continuum to “celebrating diversity.”

What's Race Got to Do With It?

A film chronicling the journey of a diverse group of students who participate in a 15-week intergroup dialogue program at U.C. Berkeley. As the students share personal stories, debate hot topics, and confront one another about the role race plays in their lives, they make discoveries about their preconceived ideas and assumptions, and in so doing, viewers begin to disentangle their own. Though Berkeley and Colby-Sawyer seem different, the topics in this film are applicable to a small private, rural college and sparks lively discussion.