Diversity Programming

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Perspectives Overnight Program

November 5-7, 2022

The Perspectives Overnight Program is for prospective high school seniors who may identify as a first-generation college student, student of color, lower-socioeconomic student, or an international student. Through the Perspectives program, we aim to provide space for students to ask honest questions, build genuine connections, and gain valuable insight into the admission process and campus community here at College of the Holy Cross.

Meals, lodging, and transportation to-and-from campus will be provided free of charge by Holy Cross for all selected participants. Participants will be housed in the AC Marriott in Worcester. All participants must be accompanied by one parent, guardian, or community mentor (i.e., school counselor).

Students who live within driving distance of campus are welcome to join our Perspectives Program on Sunday, November 6 without staying overnight. Please indicate that you will be joining for the day only on your application.

Students who are unable to attend Perspectives in person will have the opportunity to engage the Holy Cross community through webinars throughout the Fall. Travel grants for visits to campus are available upon request for students and one parent, guardian, or community mentor (college counselor, etc.).

Program Requirements: 

1. Application

2. High School Transcript (official or unofficial) and senior year courses. Students will be able to upload their transcripts to the application. 

Travel grants are available for students and one parent, guardian, or community mentor (college counselor, etc.). 

Schedule (subject to change):

November 5: Hotel Check-in & Dinner with a Holy Cross student

November 6: Open House, Holy Cross student connection, and Community Reception

November 7: Class with a Holy Cross student, interview, and lunch


Applications closed on September 26!


Travel Grants

Travel grants are available for those who would like to visit Holy Cross.

Travel grant requests must be received three weeks prior to your travel date.

Apply for a travel grant

Bishop Healy Alumni Interviews

The mission of the Bishop Healy Committee of the Holy Cross Alumni Association of the College of the Holy Cross is to achieve and maintain a diverse and multicultural campus. The Bishop Healy Committee works to foster meaningful, supportive, and life-enhancing relationships between current BIPOC students and BIPOC alumni that last a lifetime.

Bishop Healy Alumni interviews will be held monthly from October to January for current seniors in high school. Interviews will take place from 6:00 p.m - 8 p.m. Please see the dates and times below. Spots are limited.

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023

Schedule your interview


Webinars address topics such as student life for BIPOC and first-generation students and life after college with Holy Cross alumni of color. Prospective students, especially seniors, are encouraged to attend. Webinars will begin in October.

In addition, we encourage you to check out our recorded Virtual Open House Webinar Series to learn more about what is happening on and off campus. Students cover what they do for fun, transitioning to life on campus, internships/study abroad, and exploring Worcester! 

If you have additional questions, please email Associate Director of Admission Cortney Lima, or call the Admission Office at 508-793-2443.

Perspectives Series 2022
BIPOC @ HC: The First-Year Experience

Come listen to first-year Holy Cross students and learn more about their journey to Holy Cross and their transition to college.

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. ET

BIPOC Alumni Experience

Meet Alumni of Color and learn about their experiences at Holy Cross and life after college.

Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. ET

BIPOC @ HC: Life In & Outside the Classroom

Students at Holy Cross are very engaged. Come learn what students are involved in and how they leave their mark at Holy Cross.

Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. ET

BIPOC Alumni in Business & Entrepreneurship

Meet Alumni of Color who have built successful careers in Business and businesses of their own.

Tuesday, November 29, 7:00 p.m. ET

First-Gen @ HC: Paving the Way

16% of students at Holy Cross are the first in their families to go to college. Come learn about their experiences and advice on navigating the college search process.

Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m. ET

BIPOC Alumni in Arts & Education

Meet Alumni of Color who have established themselves as amazing educators and creatives.

Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. ET

Tune In Tuesdays

Tune In Tuesdays

Join Omar Afifi ‘24 and Nachelle Duque ‘25 as they answer your questions and talk about all things Holy Cross. Omar emigrated from Egypt, attended high school in New Milford, Connecticut, and is currently majoring in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration. Nachelle is from Revere, Massachusetts, and is currently studying Biology with a minor in Chinese. Both are also proud first-generation students!

Webinar Archive

Perspectives Series 2021
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The Mystery of Montserrat

Montserrat is an innovative first-year program that provides students with a dynamic introduction to the liberal arts. Come learn more about the different thematic clusters and topics that Holy Cross students engage with, along with details about first-year housing and the link between clusters and residence halls. 

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What’s Happening on The Hill?

Holy Cross strives to be an inclusive campus where students can connect and build a community that supports all aspects of their identities, passions, and interests. Come learn more about what students of diverse backgrounds do for fun on campus and where they find support from current students representing a number of our student-run campus activities and organizations.

There is no recording for this event which aired on Dec. 5.

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Where Are They Now? The Alumni Experience

Holy Cross is proud to have a strong alumni base that is pushing boundaries across the nation and globe. Come learn and ask questions about the experiences of alumni of color during and after Holy Cross featuring members of the Bishop Healy Committee during this live webinar.