News & Updates

  • Equity and Inclusion Updates September 15, 2022
    We are currently in the process of searching for the next Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Bates. Please find below information on the search, and a report on the outreach and consultation undertaken during the 2021-22 academic year that has informed the search. VPEI Search Search Committee Roster Hope Burnell, Assistant Vice President…

Our Values

The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is an institutional partner in the advancement of the college’s commitment to inclusive excellence and educational justice. Through close collaboration with the campus community, the OEI works to create a welcoming and inclusive educational experience for all constituents.

The OEI is engaged in the work of cultivating a culture of equity, inclusion, and access through our work with the offices of Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance, Accessible Education, Human Resources, Admissions, Advancement, Alumni Engagement, Student Affairs, Campus Life, Intercultural Education, Athletics, Academic Affairs, Campus Safety, Facilities, Campus Events and Dining, Purposeful Work, Global Education and more.

The OEI is committed to training and development of all campus community members. As a thought leader in our equity and inclusion work, the OEI supports faculty, staff, and students.

Mission Statement of Bates College

Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times.

Living the Legacy of Inclusive Excellence

Since its founding in 1855, Bates has welcomed students from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Bates was, and is, committed to the principles of social justice, equity, and freedom.

Great efforts are ongoing to ensure that no qualified student will be turned away because they simply could not afford the cost of a Bates education. From the beginning, Bates welcomed young people from Maine farms and factory towns, former slaves, and immigrants. The leadership at Bates College is committed to living up to the aspirations of our founding. This work is never done and takes a fully engaged and willing community.