Diversity at Vassar
- Vassar College is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities equal access and opportunity to academic courses, programs, and activities of the college.
- The ALANA Center is a culturally specific resource center for African-American/Black, Latino, Asian/Asian-American and Native American students focused on providing support and advisement on a range of personal, academic, social, cultural, community and general college life matters.
- Alumnae/i organizations include African-American Alumnae/i of Vassar College (AAAVC), Asian Pacific Alumnae/i of Vassar College (APAVC), Jewish Alumnae/i of Vassar College (JAVC), Lesbian and Gay Alumnae/i of Vassar College (LAGAVC), and Latino Alumnae/i of Vassar College (LAVC).
- A student organization dedicated to helping Asians and Asian-Americans to succeed and develop a strong sense of identity and to educate the larger community about the issues concerning Asians and Asian-Americans
Bayit Jewish Student Center
- The Bayit is a place for Jewish students to convene for worship, community, or programming. For information contact Rena Blumenthal, adviser to Jewish students.
Black Students Union
- A student organization established to provide an on-campus support system for the individual Black student while establishing ties with students on other campuses and to serve as a viable political, educational, and cultural force.
The Blegen House
- Blegen House is a lesbian and gay center for the study of social change, offering a variety of programs for the campus.
- The Campus Life Office coordinates campus dialogues through such venues as the Campus Life Resource Group, All College Day, and facilitated group discussions. These programs, along with other events on campus, seek to improve the quality of campus life.
Caribbean Students Alliance
- A student organization established to educate the Vassar community about the different traditional, cultural, social, and political aspects of Caribbean life and people.
- Works to foster three elements of religious life for those who identify themselves as Catholic in the wider Vassar community: faith, community, and social justice.
- Affiliated with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, a student movement active at universities and colleges across the United States. The purposes of the Fellowship include providing members of the Christian community with an opportunity for fellowship and spiritual growth.
Council of Black Seniors
- A student organization providing pre-professional services, and social and cultural events that reflect the diversity of the senior class including career fairs, on-campus interviewing, workshops, seminars, and senior week proceedings such as the Baccalaureate Service, the Kente Cloth Ceremony, and the Senior Block Party.
Eating Disorder Reachout Service
- A student-run support service established to help those who suffer from eating disorders to cope better with food/weight issues associated with college life.
- Since 1984 Vassar has sponsored Exploring Transfer, a program for community college students established as a joint venture with seven community colleges in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Exploring Research adds a science component to Exploring Transfer.
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
- A student organization open to women and men interested in worldwide gender equity.
- Offers an audio laboratory, and a video laboratory for viewing tapes as well as live foreign-language satellite broadcasts.
- Vassar College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
- A student organization seeking to create a sense of community and security for Chicano/a students on campus.
- A student organization founded to address the needs and concerns of Vassar's Latino community and to serve as a support group and a political action group.
- A student organization dedicated to supporting projects by and for Vassar's transgender, lesbian, bisexual, gay and allied students.
- This office oversees, advises, and supports a wide range of religious and civic communities and initiatives on campus. RSL plays an important role as a community liaison for the college in the mid-Hudson Valley, overseeing both the Community Service Work-Study jobs program and the Good Neighbors Partnerships.
South Asian Students Alliance
- A student organization established to meet the needs and concerns of the South Asian community at Vassar College.
- A liberal, non-creedal religious tradition that values the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
Vassar International Students Association
- A student organization to help international students integrate into the Vassar community.
Vassar Jewish Union
- Seeks to serve all Jewish members of the Vassar community regardless of their backgrounds or form of Jewish expression.
- The Women's Center is open to all women and men of the Vassar community. Both groups and individuals are encouraged to utilize the space. Located on the first floor of the Old Observatory, the Women's Center seeks to educate the Vassar Community about global, national, and local gender issues through educational, social and cultural programming.
- Study what you love.
- Among its many functions, Campus Activities provides event programming resources and scheduling.
- Every year, about 1,650 campus-wide events are listed on the Vassar calendar. That figure includes about 150 lectures by outside scholars and well-known speakers as well as concerts, films, dramatic productions, art exhibitions, conferences, and social, cultural, and athletic events.
- An innovative program developed by the Office of Career Development, the Career Advisory Program (C.A.P.) gives current students and graduates access to over 8,000 Vassar alumnae/i who have agreed to serve as career mentors.
- Funded by donations from employees and students of Vassar College, Community Works is a philanthropic campaign whose mission is to provide financial assistance to local not-for-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2001, Community Works has funded 24 different institutions in the Hudson Valley. Recipients are selected each year by a committee of staff, administrators, faculty, and students.
- The Counseling Service provides psychological assistance to Vassar College students. Counselors help students resolve concerns about their personal and social development, and academic progress. Students come to the Counseling Service with a wide range of concerns.
- Every year, about 500 Vassar students earn academic credit for real-life experience through the Field Work Office.
- The Learning and Teaching Center offers individualized assistance and workshops for students who seek to improve their reading and writing skills, mathematical proficiency, and overall study skills, and for students who are preparing for graduate school entrance examinations.
The Listening Center
- A group of students who are committed to providing non-judgmental, confidential, peer counseling to the Vassar student body. They offer information and referrals to other campus and community services.
- The Office for Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships provides support for current Vassar students and recent graduates applying to professional schools: law, medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, international relations, and the like. In addition, the office coordinates the application process for fellowships requiring institutional support and provides information and assistance in the search for funding possibilities for study after Vassar.
- The president announces on her bulletin board monthly office hours for students who want to drop by without an appointment. Students wishing a special appointment with the president should first see the assistant to the president or the student assistant to the president.
- Residential Life is an important facet of a Vassar education, giving students the opportunity to experience the value of being part of a diverse community.
- The Student Employment Office (SEO) assists all Vassar students in finding campus jobs.
- Annually, over 200 students–mostly juniors–study abroad in programs all over the world.
- The range of student organizations is as broad and diverse as the interests of Vassar students. There are currently about 100 organizations and club sports–political groups, a photographers' club, social action groups, newspapers, and literary magazines, comedy troupes, an FM radio station, a film group, environmental groups, and performing groups, among others. View a complete list of student organizations on the VSA website and in the Student Handbook.
Below is a list of resources specifically devoted to broad diversity at Vassar. If you have a suggestion for a link or listing on this site please contact the Web Administrator