Programs & Events

Center for Race, Equity, and Identity has sponsored, cosponsored, and supported an array of educational, cultural, political, activist, and social programs. Some examples of current and on-going programs are listed below:

Pre-Orientation Programs


A new program for our LGBQTIA+ students. Our goal is for LGBTQIA+ first-year and transfer students to build community and learn about the various resources available to navigate Goucher.  Learn more

    • Application due: July 8 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Pre-Orientation Dates: Thursday, August 15 – Friday, August 16

Phoenix Rising

A program designed to help first-generation students, underrepresented students, and students with high financial need adjust to both the academic and social aspects of attending a residential liberal arts campus.  Learn more

    • Application due: July 8 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Pre-Orientation Dates: Sunday, August 11 – Friday, August 16


A program that provides an opportunity for students to meet other international Goucher students prior to the start of the academic year, engage in conversations with key members of the community, and explore the campus as well as the city of Baltimore.  Learn more

  • Pre-Orientation Dates: Tuesday, August 13 – Friday, August 16

Tasty Tuesday

The first Tuesday of every month, CREI features food from a different culture for the community to taste. The Center has held Tasty Tuesday events to provide a space for learning about relationships between culture and food. 

Whiteness Workshops

Understanding and Challenging Racism Workshops. The workshops are a white affinity space designed to have honest conversations about the history of racism, whiteness, power, and privilege.

Summoning the Village: Affinity Spaces

Various affinity spaces for processing, healing, reflection as a community.

LGBTQIA Luncheons & Gatherings

A monthly affinity space exclusively for self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual, two spirit, and same gender loving students, faculty, and staff to be in community with one another.

Affinity Graduation Ceremonies

Lavender Ceremony

Lavender Ceremony is an annual celebration conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the college. Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates are invited to take part in the celebration, which occurs each year the week prior to the college-wide commencement events.  Learn more

Donning of the Kente Cloth Ceremony

A rite of passage, rooted in African tradition, “in which seniors [of color] recognize loved ones or mentors who have been instrumental in their success” (Ross, 2009). During the intimate ceremony, graduating seniors will be donned with a stole of kente, a fabric native to Ghana reserved for special occasions, and acts as a visual history for the wearer’s own cultural ethos.  Learn more

Latinx Triunfos

The ceremony will reflect the unity of our students who identify as Hispanic and Latino/a/x while embracing the nuanced differences of cultures.  Learn more

International Student Reception

The reception is an opportunity to honor Goucher’s international students and students who strongly identify as having an international background.  Learn more

Affinity Graduation Ceremonies FAQ