When students feel supported, secure and comfortable, they’re capable of doing more good. This is why we are working to ensure that they have inviting spaces and the resources to thrive at Earlham and weather life’s unexpected challenges.
Help us create a campus environment that reflects the beauty and simplicity of our Principles and Practices.
Endow the Clarence Cunningham Student Emergency Fund
In honor of his legacy, strength and pioneering spirit, we created the Clarence Cunningham Student Emergency Fund, a discretionary fund administered by the Office of Student Life that will allow us to help the most vulnerable members of the Earlham community when emergent needs arise. This could include emergency travel funding or unexpected personal expenses. These are the things that scholarships and financial aid don’t cover but that some of our students so desperately need. This fund will allow us to lift up our students when they need it most—in ways big and small.
Transform the Residential Experience on College Avenue
Earlham’s theme and friendship houses are owned by the College, but they come alive with the students who build community within them. To honor this important part of the residential experience and make it feel like home for its next generation of residents, we will invest in renovating and modernizing these spaces while preserving the architectural history and ethos of our little corner of Richmond. College Avenue is the first of many pathways that carry Earlhamites toward successful, fulfilling lives, and you can help us make our best impression to all who knock on our door.
Vela Mkhonta ’25
“Living in a house has made me feel like I have a home away from home. There’s something so comforting about coming back to a house after a long day of school and being with people that share the same interests and despite different beliefs as you. My housemates are like family to me and it’s honestly a feeling I wouldn’t trade for anything”
Rose Leon-Alvarado ’24
“Apart from living with people with whom I share some part of my identity, I feel a stronger sense of responsibility with my community, beyond my house and ethnic group. I love coming home and finding someone in the living room watching novelas. My favorite days are those when the smell of familiar foods is so strong that I have to stop by the kitchen before I head to my room. My house is this personalized safe space where I know there will always be at least someone I can go to when needed.”
Ahmed Deeb ’23
“I think the best thing about living in an international house is having stronger friendships with those you are living with, collaborating, and hosting events for the rest of the student body. All the accommodations certainly make it feel like a home away from home.”