C3 is a partnership between Connecticut College, Middlebury College, Williams College the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, the 20 participating colleges in the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers Consortium (LADO), and the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School. It is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Center for Institutional and Social Change
The Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School has developed a full participation lens and set of strategies focused on advancing “full participation“: building higher education institutions that enable people from all races, genders, disciplines and backgrounds to enter, thrive, and succeed in higher education and to contribute to the thriving of others.
The Center uses research and capacity building to enhance the impact of initiatives that advance full participation in higher education, and enables those projects to build diversity into the normal practices and routines of institutions of higher education and their stakeholders.
Liberal Arts Diversity Officers Organization (LADO)
LADO was founded in 2007 as a consortium of liberal arts colleges that sought to promote best practices and innovative strategies in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. It has collaborated with the Center for more than four years to increase the capacity of its members and the field to build settings that advance the full participation of diverse faculty, students, and staff.
In only five years, the members of LADO have moved swiftly to create mechanisms for substantive, yet sustainable change on campuses across the country.
C3′s collaboration with the Center and the broader LADO membership is designed to enable C3 to develop, disseminate, and promote new strategies for building academic settings that enable the full participation of diverse students and faculty. Simply put, C3 is intended to serve as an incubator of innovation for institutional diversity, creating adaptable programs in which participants are the key stakeholders of their success.