The Jeh Vincent Johnson ALANA Cultural Center, First-Year Experience (FYE), International Services, the LGBTQ Center, Transitions, and the Women’s Center all provide support to various identity groups and the larger campus community. By building affirming environments and promoting cross-cultural communication, the centers seek to foster pluralism, inclusion, and equity within the Vassar community.
The centers coordinate a wide range of educational programs and resources for students of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer students, and diverse gender communities. Leadership development, advocacy, social justice, and service learning are guiding principles for the resource centers. The centers also network with the larger campus community by working closely with all students, academic departments, and administrative offices.
Leadership and Peer Education
Students play key roles in shaping campus life whether as participants in organizations, discussion facilitators, participants in dialogues, or student staff. We coordinate campus and intercollegiate conferences that provide unique student leadership opportunities and forums for campus engagement.
Advising and Advocacy
We work with individual students and student groups to address campus life and community concerns—whether they are personal, inter-group, or institutional. Anyone can contact the office or staff members for assistance or to make referrals.
The Consortium on High Achievement and Success
Founded in 2000, the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) is composed of 27 selective liberal arts colleges and small universities dedicated to promoting high achievement, leadership and personal satisfaction of students on member campuses, with a focus on promoting success among students of color. CHAS develops programs to engage the whole student academically, socially and culturally. CHAS is supported by its members and is hosted by Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.