Access & Success

Diversity at Champain

Champlain College recognizes that diversity comes in many forms, all of which are valuable. We affirm, embrace and welcome all of these differences. Moreover, we recognize the importance of diversity that is visible, and we are especially committed to increasing this kind of diversity in all our stakeholders, including but not limited to faculty, staff and students.  With the help of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), the College is putting a special effort into the success of the underserved  and under-represented members of our community, including those of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic minorities.

The Access & Success Resources initiative was created as an access point for students, faculty and staff to locate useful information about academic support resources and other pertinent educational, cultural and organizational information.


In regards to our students, we fully expect all of our graduates to confront glaring and persistent national and international inequities and perplexing issues.  As we prepare students for a world that is global, multicultural, multiracial and interdependent, it is critically important that we provide a campus community that reflects the world in which they will live and work. The 2010 US Census data reveals that the college aged population is 19% Hispanic/Latino; 15% Black/African Americans; 5% Asian American; 1% American Indian, Alaskan Native; and 0.2% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Within this context, while we are eager to increase the diversity of all identities and groups, our access and success goals focus on historically underrepresented groups and groups that face serious barriers to college entrance.

The ODI places a special focus on New Americans, Students of Color and Low Income Students because national research has identified these populations as especially benefiting from additional or different support during their academic tenure. Alongside lots of other great departments and people on campus, we would like to provide whatever support you need to thrive at Champlain. These groups include US citizens and permanent residents who are:

  • Asian American
  • African American
  • American Indian
  • Latino (regardless of race)
  • Pacific Islander

Special context — women:

While women have historically faced barriers to higher education, they now receive the lion's share of college degrees. However, these general gains have not been replicated in STEM fields. So Access and success goals should include a focus on women in fields where they are underrepresented.

Low-income and first-generation college students:

Regardless of ethnicity, low-income students are more likely to be first-generation college students.  These overlapping populations (low income and first generation) often face significant challenges as they navigate the college journey.

International Students and New Americans:

Our Access and Success goal must also reflect the changes to our community that result from refugee resettlement and our increasing global interdependence.

Faculty and Staff

Our access and success goals for faculty and staff also focus on historically underrepresented groups. As such we will focus on women in historically underrepresented fields (e.g. STEM) and racial and ethnic minorities defined by Equal Employment Opportunity laws as follows:

  •  Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian
  • Latino (Regardless of race)
  • Asian American
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • Black/African American

 It is important that our faculty and staff population mirror our student population as well as reflect the reality of national demographic changes (US 2010 census: Latino, 16 %; African American, 13%;, Asian American, 5%; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.2%; American Indian, 1%). 

 Access & Success Diversity Resource List for all Champlain Stakeholders

Access & Success Resources for Students

 Access & Success Resources for Faculty & Staff