History of Diversity & Inclusion at Champlain College

 In his inauguration speech in November 2005, Dave Finney established diversity and inclusion as an institutional priority with a focus on economic, racial/ethnic and geographic diversity.  In 2006, a diversity task force was created and charged by Dave Finney to generate recommendations for the institution.  The recommendations presented in the fall of 2006 included the establishment of an office of diversity. The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion was established in the fall of 2007, with Angela Batista as the first director. As the recognition grew that diversity is an institutional initiative, the office became the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Angela became a senior director and a student advisor was hired to focus on underrepresented students.  In keeping with national best practices and our institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, the position began reporting to the president in summer, 2012. 

Champlain has a long-standing commitment to access. We are the only college in the state that has maintained a single-parents program.  Dave Finney also established the New American and Vermont First scholarships, and our Yellow Ribbon program for Veterans. Other initiatives have included the Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD) partnership initiated by our office of admissions, the Institute for Global Engagement, the Office of International Engagement, LEAD and a continued and increasing diversity focus in the CORE.

For more information about the Diversity Task Force, click here.