Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Agnes Scott College is an inclusive community that embraces the richness of its diversity and values the ways this enriches and transforms the lives of our students, faculty and staff.

We acknowledge that simply having a diverse community does not always translate into an inclusive one and that students arrive to campus with different levels of exposure to and understanding of the diversity that is reflective of our world. As such, we provide curricular and co-curricular opportunities for all to cultivate skills needed to effectively engage, communicate, and collaborate with others across differences. By studying, living, engaging with one another, and playing together, in-person and virtually, Agnes Scott College’s remarkably diverse student body hones the habits of mind, skills, and knowledge essential to successfully lead everywhere and anywhere in our increasingly diverse society. The college’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is supported and practiced by every department. 

Here just are a few ways the college promotes diversity, equity and inclusion:

  • Heritage/History Month Celebrations - At Agnes Scott College, we celebrate our rich campus diversity through our #Culture365, TRHT work, and targeted events for heritage/history months, from September to May, featuring guest speakers, lecture series, film series and service opportunities. These celebrations include Latinx Heritage, Pride, Black History, Disability Awareness, Women’s History, and Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. And Coretta Scott King Commemorative Week Of Human Rights And Social Justice - A week-long series of programs and events commemorate the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and continues the dialogue around social justice and community change.
  • Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) - The college has created a new centralized TRHT anti-racism website to collate our efforts, programs, action steps and resources. As a THRT campus, the college partners with local and community groups as well as the campus community in projects that advance transformational racial change, promote racial healing activities and erase structural barriers to equity and equal opportunity.
  • Think Live Engage in Courageous Conversations - Some topics are not that easy to talk about. We provide an opportunity for Agnes Scott students, faculty and staff to explore our intercultural connections and needs. The conversations are designed to offer individuals strategic ways to engage in discussions related to a diverse range of topics connected with social identities – such as gender, class, faith, politics, sexuality and race.
  • A Safe Place to Be You - Agnes Scott's Safe Zone program seeks to promote both a physically and emotionally safe environment for LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual) students, faculty and staff. Through education, community resources and ally training, we will promote understanding to everyone on campus.
Four panelists discussing human rights and social justice. The person speaking is wearing a hijab.

A panel discussion on issues of human rights and social justice featuring Agnes Scott alums Sadia Ali '14, Yehimi Cambron '14, Keiran Flynn '14, Grace Starling '16 and Gwen Smith Watson '11, who represent diverse voices that address issues of being undocumented, Islamophobia, sexual assault, gender inclusion and issues of racial oppression.

A large group of people wearing black gather outside that Alston Campus Center.

The Agnes Scott community gathered on National Blackout Day and hosted “A Call-In and Solidarity Gathering for Racial Justice” organized by the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion.

Two people sit in front of the transgender pride flag and address an audience.

Monica Helms visits Agnes Scott College and shared about her life as a transgender veteran, the creation of the trans pride flag, and the current status of the transgender community.

A sign reading "We stand in solidarity with our Black students, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Their lives do matter."

A sign showcasing Agnes Scott's solidarity after the killing of George Floyd.

2021 HEED Award

Agnes Scott received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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Diversity Points of Pride

of undergraduate students identify as students of color
of students are first generation
of president's cabinet members are Black
of incoming first year students are provided with tools to create a culture of inclusion and respect
of the current tenure-track faculty identify as African American or Black; Hispanic or Latinx; Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander; or multi-racial; an increase of 8.6% from 2015
of our students are Pell-eligible
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