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Diversity at Linfield


Linfield College honors human rights and academic freedom, celebrates diverse cultures, fosters a climate of mutual respect, and promotes an inclusive environment that affirms the value of all persons.


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Diversity Grants are now available to the Linfield Community

Funding for students and student groups

Linfield College has a rich, ethnically diverse community. For the 2015-2016 academic year, 39% of the incoming class was comprised of American students of color.  Overall, 31% of our students (in McMinnville, Portland, and OCE) are American students of color.

Diversity is not just measured by culture and ethnicity.  The fabric of our community is made up of individuals who vary in age, sexual orientation, religion and economic class, as well as color and culture.

As our nation and world change, it is essential that Linfield College reflect and celebrate the changes that our students, alumni and scholars will encounter. Diverse backgrounds, cultures, ideas and lifestyles provide opportunities for intellectual exploration and personal growth. Students learn to negotiate complex social landscapes and how to overcome discomfort and conflict when meeting with and learning from individuals with different values and beliefs. They learn to embrace and celebrate differences. Everyone at Linfield College benefits from a more diverse environment in academic and non-academic ways.

Diversity and mutual respect are at the heart of the liberal arts education found at Linfield College.

Our Mission Statement calls on us as a community to... "engage thoughtful dialogue in a climate of mutual respect, and honor the rich texture of diverse cultures and varied ways of understanding."

Linfield College is committed to creating a diverse community that reflects the magnificent variety of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ideas that make up our country and our world. We actively seek students, faculty and staff who wish to be part of our efforts.