Commitment to equality and inclusive community
Our spiritual DNA is all about open dialogue and finding ways to connect with one another. That’s where diversity and inclusion come in. By meeting people from all walks of life, you’ll learn about different cultures, hear new perspectives and step outside your comfort zone.
Identity Development and Cultural Appreciation
Bridgewater College is committed to the core value of equality that leads to a connected campus community. We seek to engage the many voices and perspectives that exist within our community through programs and services.
Each member of our community is encouraged to share their perspective appropriately, thereby helping us to build a more inclusive and positive community that values every individual and group. At BC, we foster awareness, respect, understanding and cooperation among everyone.
Students are encouraged to engage with this office within student life to investigate their personal identity and expand current knowledge about other cultures. The Office of Identity Development and Cultural Appreciation is composed of the Center for Diversity Education and Advocacy, Spiritual Life and Personal Growth, as well as Student Retention and Success Services.
Center for Diversity Education and Advocacy
The Center for Diversity Education and Advocacy creates meaningful opportunities for all BC students, faculty, staff and community. Together, we can share, learn and grow in understanding and appreciation of cultural differences and similarities. We all share in the work of creating and supporting a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus community. The College provides several strategies to promote equity and inclusion throughout campus to encourage a more diverse community.
- Community Conversations
- Community Connections
- BC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
- Intercultural Festival
- Social and Educational Cultural Programs
- Heritage Month Recognition Programs
- Meeting and program space
- One-on-one consultation with members of the campus community
- Training and development with student organizations and campus departments
- Community engagement
Bridgewater College is historically affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, a Christian denomination founded on the core values of equality, community, simplicity, service and peace. Bridgewater honors its heritage while welcoming students of all religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives as part of an open, inclusive, and diverse learning community.
The College chaplain oversees the spiritual life program and offers spiritual guidance and support to all members of the campus community. No matter what you believe, you are welcome here.
Student Retention and Success Services
We are here to support student success so that you stay on track towards graduation. The student retention and success services provide support for students who prefer a support network or additional resources to navigate the campus. Our Eagle Success program and student organizations are great strategies for students to be connected on campus.
The Eagle Success program is a student success initiative for new students at the College. It is a peer mentoring program that supports students who seek advice or information from upper class students who could have similar experiences. We understand that it can be comfortable to reach out to your peers about personal or student related questions.
Eagle Success is an open opportunity for Bridgewater College students; however, research shows that underrepresented, Pell-eligible and first-generation students experience strong outcomes by participating in peer mentoring programs.
We invite first-year students to participate in Eagle Success so that you develop a stronger connection to campus and feel a sense of belonging. Upper class students should consider being mentors to help support and guide new students.
Please email the Eagle Success team at ES@bridgewater.edu to learn more about being involved as a mentor or a mentee.
Asian Student Association celebrates the Asian cultures through music, dance, holiday celebrations, and social issues that impact the Asian identity at Bridgewater College and the surrounding community. ASA provides social and service activities for all interested individuals and promotes identity and unity among the Asian students of Bridgewater College.
Black Student Association (BSA) supports black students at Bridgewater. We also promote awareness of contributions by African Americans on the campus community and beyond. Open to all students.
BC Allies is the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) advocacy group on campus, open to students, faculty and staff. BC Allies works to create greater awareness for the LGBTQ community and increase advocacy for LGBTQ issues. Open to all students.
Latino Student Association is dedicated to creating, fostering, and bringing awareness about the Latino/a community at the college. Open to all students.
World Languages Club exposes students to the many cultures and languages of the world. This group often takes day trips to places such as Washington D.C. and Richmond to visit embassies, art exhibitions, film festivals, etc.
The College also has faith-based student organizations that are listed in the spiritual life area.
The Intercultural Advisory Council (IAC) promotes ideas that strongly encourage a welcoming environment. The council is a small group of faculty, staff and administrators who discuss trending issues and campus concerns to provide a foundation for more sensitive and informed interactions and to increase inclusivity across the college.