Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
When we say “education for all” we mean it.
At Prescott College, diversity, equity, and inclusion is not just a statement, it’s in our nature. Just as a thriving ecosystem requires the partnership among its diverse species, humanity only thrives when diversity is respected and protected. To us “diversity” isn’t limited to cultures and backgrounds, it honors the different perspectives and world views that allow us to connect with each other and lead together.
Students are our greatest assets and greatest sentinels of justice. Prescott College students made national news when they voted to add a voluntary $30 fee to their tuition to support the Freedom Education Fund. The fund provides a full tuition scholarship to one undocumented student every year. It was part of Miriel Manning’s senior project. Miriel was inspired by migrant-led organization in Southern Arizona. Kado Stewart developed Camp OUTdoors for LGBTQ youth, which was featured in the groundbreaking National Geographic documentary, “Gender Revolution”.
Brittini Ward and the Black Student Union organized the institution’s first Black Arts Festival, partnering with the local community to celebrate Black artists. Ashley Ortiz centered her senior project on the global Take Back The Night initiative by capturing photographic images of victims and allies of those who have experienced sexual, relationship or domestic assault, harassment, or violence, transforming the entire campus into a sacred space of healing. Ashley, Brittini, Kado, and Miriel represent the hundreds of students and several decades of empathy-building work.
There has never been a more important time to protect education from ignorance and intolerance. Our Faculty are published scholars and renown researchers, community and environmental activists, policy makers and world leaders. They don’t just support diversity and inclusion, they actively embed those ideals into their pedagogy and curriculum. The result is a model critical inquiry and holistic understanding of the mounting issues facing our local and global communities and ecosystems. From day one of orientation, to our Dopoi Center for Education and Research in East Africa, to implicit bias training for a future k-12 teachers, our professors use their platform to make respect a priority.
Founded in the midst of the 1960s, Prescott College was born in the spirit of social change to create a more just world. This spirit remains in our DNA: in the fall 2017, we introduced the Changemaker Scholarship, an initiative that guarantees a tuition scholarship to every new accepted student who applies by our priority application deadline and intends to enroll in a degree program. And where social change was once demanded in the streets, it is now demanded through social media: #IAmPrescottCollege was a community-based effort to demonstrate our support for gender self-identification. It was a part of the larger national #WontBeErased initiative, which was directly supported by all levels of Prescott College, from students to staff, to faculty, to our president, to members of our board.
By the Numbers
- We are 68% female and 32% male
- We are 69% white, 22% non-white, with 9% not reporting.
- At the undergraduate level, we are most interested in studying Environmental Studies, Adventure Education, and Psychology and Human Development.
- At the graduate level, we are most interested in studying Adventure Education, Environmental Studies, Teacher Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Sustainability.
- 65% of students are pursuing their degree in an online or limited residency program.
- 81% of students are working in their field or pursuing graduate school
- 70% of students reside in the Western region (35% are from Arizona)
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We provide an education that spans areas of study and brings together knowledge from various fields.