BAR HARBOR — “Navigating the ‘Sea of White’ in Maine as a Kenyan,” a talk by College of the Atlantic Trustee and Kenyan-born attorney Alyne Cistone, is set for Friday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gates Community Center as part of the college’s Diverse Voices Series.
“We hope that students, through both academic and social opportunities at COA, explore the spectrum of the human experience to help them better understand themselves, others and the challenges we face together.”
With nearly 20 percent of the COA student body from international locations, the college adds diversity to the Mount Desert Island area. Past and current students are from Oceania, Japan, Israel, Ethiopia, Sudan, Myanmar, Nepal, Namibia, The Philippines, Palestine, the Euro-zone and many other countries. Students interact with the surrounding community, sharing their culture, talents, languages and food while out and about and through events at COA such as talent shows and open mics.
College officials are focused on increasing diversity among students, faculty and visitors. While the school has had much success with boosting international diversity through the Davis United World Scholars program, officials said that increasing domestic diversity has been a tougher challenge. Still, they remain committed to that goal.