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Resources for Underrepresented Students

Students who would thrive at Earlham tend to be passionate and engaged learners, and want to make a positive impact in the community and in the world. They tend to be high achieving in and out of the classroom. In an effort to support them, we offer resources and opportunities to students to ensure their success and retention. The names and descriptions of three of our signature programs are below.

Library Immersion Fellowship Team (LIFT)

The LIFT Program matches small groups of first-generation students with a personal research librarian during seven weeks of the fall semester of their first year at Earlham. Every LIFT student receives an electronic tablet or device to use for their four years at Earlham and beyond. Students will engage with trending issues, while acquiring research competencies, library experience, and personal connections with an Earlham administrative faculty member and a few of their classmates in a small-group setting. In the spring semester, students attend resource panels and presentations on topics geared toward first-generation students. Students meet first-generation alumni and faculty, and receive guidance about educational and career planning. LIFT also offers a free off-campus term during May for first-year, first-generation students, co-led by a librarian/faculty pair. The 2017 destination was Montreal, and 2018 was Hawaii. Students apply for the off-campus term in December and January of their first-year.

Application and More Information:

Students apply for LIFT the summer before they begin their first year at Earlham. Visit the LIFT website for more information.

The Ronald E. McNair Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare students who have traditionally been underrepresented in graduate studies for the journey leading to the Ph.D. (The U.S. Department of Education in this instance, defines underrepresented as first-generation college students from any race, from low income backgrounds, or Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American, or Pacific Islander.) As participants in the program, students will have access to skills building courses and tutoring, research experiences with a faculty mentor, and individualized assistance through the graduate school application process.

Application and More Information

Students apply for McNair during their sophomore year at Earlham. Visit the McNair Program website for more information.


Joe GreenJoe Green
Director of the McNair Scholars Program
Phone: 765-973-2677
Email: greenjo1@earlham.edu

The Multicultural Resource Center

The Multicultural Resource Center was created to advance the College’s commitment to fostering an environment that is inclusive, equitable and diverse. It serves as a student-centered, safe space that supports underrepresented and marginalized communities, while cultivating the holistic empowerment of all students. The Multicultural Resource Center provides programs, services and activities that promote unity, identity development, academic excellence and leadership. Consistent with the College’s Quaker heritage and liberal arts mission, it aims to foster a campus climate that encourages all students to live, learn and thrive in a diverse and global world.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.