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Student Life & Support

Swarthmore College offers wide-ranging academic and student life resources to support diversity and inclusion. 

Black Cultural Center 

Students at the Black Cultural Center​Swarthmore College's Black Cultural Center (BCC) actualizes the College's commitment to "ethical intelligence" in every aspect of its co-curricular work. The BCC, also known as "The House," is home to Swarthmore's storied and accomplished Black Community, a community that has received national accolades and is considered a model for many who are concerned about the development and well-being of Black students in the academy. This well deserved and prestigious position results from over 60 years of vision and struggle. Today that vision of a Swarthmore where Black students excel and where they learn to transform their broader community is alive and well, and the Black Cultural Center is the hub of that activity. Learn more about the Black Cultural Center.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development 

StudentsThe Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development, within the Dean's Office, is charged with facilitating the College's effort to achieve and sustain a diverse and culturally pluralistic campus. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development assists the community in active discussion about the complex issues of social diversity (race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, ability, political ideology, and national origin), within the context of pursuing a liberal arts education. In concert with students, faculty, and staff, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development directly plans, supports, and/or provides direct leadership in implementing programs that supports the College's commitment to diversity and "learning across difference." Learn more about Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development.

First in Family Series

Panelists at First in Family LunchThe First in Family program is a series of workshops to introduce students to important college resources that will be helpful in their transition to the College. One such workshop is the opening lunch where students network with faculty and staff who also identify as first generation.

Intercultural Center 

Students at the Intercultural CenterThe Intercultural Center (IC) provides programs and services that support the personal and intellectual development of Asian American, LatinX, Multiracial, Native American, Queer (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), low-income, international, and first-generation college students at Swarthmore College. In addition, the IC promotes systemic change toward a multicultural perspective across the institution, and fosters community-building and collaboration among diverse groups both within and outside of the college. Learn more about the Intercultural Center.

International Student Advising

The International Student Office provides a wide range of services to the College's entire international student population. The College is committed to international education, and the office provides assistance concerning visas and all related immigration issues. Additionally, the office supports academic and personal success throughout students' Swarthmore experience and beyond. Learn more about International Student Advising.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program 

A student with mentor Anthony FoyThe fundamental objective of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue Ph.D.s in core fields in the arts and sciences. The program aims to reduce over time the serious underrepresentation on the faculties of individuals from certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. Learn more about the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

Physical Access and Learning Support

Swarthmore College seeks to provide an accessible and hospitable learning and working environment for all, while ensuring full compliance with federal and state regulations. Our community welcomes and encourages persons with disabilities to participate in our programs and activities as faculty, staff, students, and as visitors to the College. Learn more about Physical Access and Learning Support

Religious and Spiritual Life

Religious student group meetingReligious and Spiritual Life hosts the Interfaith Center, which exists to promote dialogue and understanding among faith traditions, and between people of faith and those who do not belong to a faith tradition. Student Interfaith Interns organize and plan programs and activities, and foster communication between different faith groups on campus. Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, and Protestant professionals currently serve as the Religious Advisors who serve as counselors, resources, and friends regardless of students' religious affiliations. Advisors also conduct services, lead text study groups, coordinate programs, assist student religious organizations and work with the Dean's staff. Regular interfaith programs include speakers, dialogue groups, interfaith storytelling workshops, and community meals. Learn more about Religious and Spiritual Life

Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program

Richard Rubin Scholars ReceptionThe Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program's fundamental objective is to advance the academic, inter-personal, social, and professional success of Swarthmore College students who are from low income, disadvantaged backgrounds and/or first generation students attending college. The program is open to currently enrolled freshmen and sophomores. Students selected for the program will have a campus mentor - faculty or staff - to guide them during their time at the College. After working with their campus mentor for one year (sophomore year), they will be eligible to apply for funding for an  internship. Learn more about the Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program

Sager Series

Sager Series panel discussionThe Sager Fund was created in 1988 by Swarthmore College alumnus Richard Sager ’73. The Fund established the Sager Symposium at Swarthmore College, which over a period of twenty years explored current topics for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. Past symposia explored a wide range of topics including but not limited to sexual politics in the bedroom, boardroom and classroom; queer media; coalition building across queer differences; queer people of color; and the intersection of race, religion, and gender. After a series of meetings and conversations with Richard Sager, formal plans for restructuring the Fund were finalized, with a revised set of Operating Guidelines authorizing the Sager Fund Committee (SFC) to replace the Sager Symposium with the Sager Series. Today the Sager Series offers periodic programs that present high profile, prominent, public speakers and performers who serve and/or represent the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. Learn more about the Sager Series.

Student Disability Services

Swarthmore College welcomes students with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of college life.  Our mission is to ensure that students with physical, medical, learning or psychological disabilities are provided with equal access to all college programs, activities and services.  Our policy is consistent with relevant governmental statutes and regulations, including those pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended in 2008), Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Learn more about Student Disability Services.

Student Government Organization Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee was created to address the ongoing needs of diversity and inclusion in the Student Government Organization and within the Swarthmore community in general. Thus, central to the mission of the Diversity Committee is the production of climate change both within Student Government and throughout other aspects of campus and institutional life. The principal goal of the Diversity Committee is to create and sustain an open and inclusive campus environment.  This is done, in part, by: (1) pursuing student initiatives to attract, retain and graduate a diverse and inclusive student body, (2) pursuing student initiatives to attract and retain a diverse faculty, staff and administration and (3) communicating Swarthmore’s commitment to diversity through the Student Government Organization. Learn more about the Student Government Organization Diversity Committee.

Summer Scholars Program

A Summer Scholar presents his research​Swarthmore is committed to expanding access to learning, no matter what type of educational background students have. The Summer Scholars Program affirms our dedication to providing resources and support for all students. If you are the first in your family to attend college, come from a low-income background, or belong to a traditionally underrepresented group, our Summer Scholars Program could be a great match for you. All costs are covered for participants, including tuition, room and board, transportation, and books. Many students are intellectually ready, but may be academically underprepared, for the rigors of education in the STEM (Science, Technology, Education, Math) fields. The goal of the Summer Scholars Program is to support you as you begin your studies at Swarthmore. Learn more about the Summer Scholars Program.

Women's Resource Center 

Women's Resource CenterThe Women's Resource Center (WRC) exists as a safe space for all students at Swarthmore. The WRC staff initiates and facilitates discussions and events concerning women specifically, and gender equity broadly. Everyone is welcome at the WRC regardless of gender. Resources at the center include study space, kitchen, library, TV, and meeting space in which any member of the college community may sponsor an event. Past events have included Coffee Houses, Open Mic Nights, Movie Nights, and Dialogue/Discussion sessions. Individuals and campus groups are encouraged to use the space for either private or campus wide events. Learn more about the Women's Resource Center.

Expanding Access: First-Gen Faculty and Staff Speak

Swarthmore faculty and staff members reflect on their experiences as first-generation and low-income students, which drives their dedication to today's students.