Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Rollins, fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of learners is one of the College’s core values. To get the most out of their Rollins education, our students must feel comfortable and accepted at every step of their journey. As a result, the mission of advancing diverse ideologies and global thinking is baked right into our curriculum and campus culture, and we take it a step further by offering diversity training to everyone who seeks it through the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement. Our campus community forms a vibrant tapestry of unique perspectives—bolstered by a robust roster of resources designed to ensure that every student at Rollins feels seen and supported.
You Belong Here
Our inclusive and tight-knit campus community is becoming more and more diverse.
percentage of students of color (fall 2020)
students from 48 U.S. states and territories (fall 2020)
students from 66 different countries (fall 2020)
courses with a racial justice focus, 2020–21 academic year
Identity-based Student Organizations
Rollins has dozens of cultural and identity-based student organizations spanning a wide range of the diversity spectrum, including the Black Student Union, the Latin American Student Association, Spectrum: an LGBTQ+ organization, Voices 4 Women, and more. For a complete overview of student organizations, check out our page on how to get involved. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Any Tar can start a student org in just a few easy steps with support from the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement.
Starting college can feel like a huge unknown. Rollins’ EMBARK program is designed to give students from marginalized populations a little more peace of mind. This cohort-based program begins before you even start classes and introduces you to new friends who share unique experiences and social identities. The pre-orientation retreat is led by a student coordinator and several peer mentors, so you’ll learn from others who have been there. But the support doesn’t stop there. Throughout your time at Rollins, you’ll have the opportunity to meet up with your cohort again and again.
Diversity Envoy Program
Diversity Envoys begin their training by taking a class that explores the major groups that fall under the umbrella of diversity. Topics include race, religion, disability, and gender and sexuality. Once Envoys have sufficient training and background knowledge, they work with the Office of Admission to host special presentations and panels. They also lead on-campus tours and are available to answer prospective students’ questions regarding diversity at Rollins.
Accessibility for All
If you’re differently-abled or non-neurotypical, our Office of Accessibility Services helps ensure your transition to Rollins goes smoothly. The Rollins Disability Alliance provides an avenue for disabled students and allies to build community—there’s even an Access Ally Workshop for students looking to educate themselves about disability culture. Rollins is also one of a select few college campuses that participate in the Collar Scholars program, allowing students to raise and train service animals.
At Rollins, students can choose roommates based on compatibility, regardless of sex or gender. So whether you feel more comfortable with someone who shares your gender identity, or you want to room with a friend who doesn’t, you’ve got options when it comes to creating a safe and comfortable living space. And all of our buildings feature gender-inclusive bathrooms, so everyone feels welcome in the facilities.
Champions of Change
See how some of our alumni are are carrying the Rollins message of diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond the boundaries of campus and into the world.
At Rollins, Kalli Joslin ’19 learned to fight inequality through art and advocacy, using a Diversity Infusion Grant to stage the world premiere of an acclaimed play on campus and interning with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce on Capitol Hill. Now, the theatre and American studies double major is studying civil rights law at Georgetown University, as she continues her journey to take on discrimination in all forms.
Explore the diversity of backgrounds, thoughts, and cultures through our student’s Instagram posts.