Invitational seeks to increase diversity
The Bowdoin Experience, the College's most critical diversity enterprise,
began yesterday and will run through Sunday. In recent years, 55-75% of
attendees of the Bowdoin Experience have decided to matriculate.
The goal of this invitational is "to encourage admitted students
of color to matriculate at Bowdoin College," as stated by Fumio Sugihara,
director of recruitment for students of color.
Sugihara explained that this "end game to the academic year's diversity
initiatives" is a total campus effort. Headed by Fumio and the Admissions
Office, this large-scale invitational weekend calls upon the aid of a
myriad of administrative, faculty, and student volunteers.
Most important among the volunteers, as noted by Fumio Sugihara, are
the student hosts who agree to house prospective students. "The hosts
are the most essential part of the weekend," Sugihara said. In past
evaluations of the program, hosting was cited by visiting students as
one of the key components of a good experience.
Also critical to the success of the event are the efforts of various
College groups. Among them, a planning committee composed of students
and staff established the layout for the admissions event. The athletic
department provided prospective students with transportation from Portland
to the campus. The Faculty further welcomed the students by attending
a dinner with the attendees. Residential Life assigned hosts to valued
student volunteers. To round out the participating groups, the events
and summer planning department managed this event and makes room reservations
As part of the campaign aimed at increasing diversity within the incoming
class of 2006, the invitational is most important among Bowdoin's yearly
diversity initiatives. This year, the College brought 78 students of the
164 invitees from the College's pool of admitted students of color.
The admitted applicants hail from 25 states and the District of Columbia and signify a very real possibility for an enhancement in campus cultural and ethnic diversity. The biggest delegations of potential students hailed from California, Massachusetts, and New York.