Below are questions to help your family get a better understanding of how a college values, supports, and integrates students of color into its community.
☐ Diversity Statistics: What percentage of the student population identifies as people of color? How has this changed over the past few years?
☐ Inclusion Initiatives: What initiatives or programs are in place to promote inclusion on campus. How does the college celebrate diversity?
☐ Financial Assistance: Are there scholarships or financial aid programs specifically geared toward students of color? What is the estimated total cost per year?
☐ Academic Support: Are there tutoring services, writing centers, or academic mentorship programs? How can students access these resources?
☐ Student Life: What extracurricular activities, clubs, or organizations are available? How active are these groups and what events do they typically host?
☐ Mental Health Resources: What counseling and mental health services are available on campus? Are these services included in tuition or is there an additional fee?
☐ Accessibility: How easy is it for students to access mental health resources? What’s the typical waiting period to see a counselor?
☐ Support Services: Are there dedicated resources, centers, or organizations for students of color?
☐ Living Arrangements: What types of housing options are available? Are there living-learning communities or themed floors/houses that might align with a student’s identity or interests?
☐ Faculty Representation: What percentage of faculty and staff identify as people of color? Are there mentorship programs connecting students with faculty of similar backgrounds?
☐ Support Groups: Are there support groups or workshops specifically addressing the needs and concerns of students of color?
☐ Crisis Management: How does the college handle mental health crises? Is there a 24/7 helpline or emergency service for students in distress?
☐ Internship and Job Opportunities: How does the college support students in finding internships or job opportunities? Is there a career center or network in place?
☐ Community: How does the surrounding community engage with and treat students of color? Are there local organizations or businesses that cater to diverse populations?