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The most important mod would be Colonial Charter. It can't be compared with any other mod. It adds a ton of new buildings, new jobs, new resources, new crops, new animals, new starting conditions... It's really the best if you've gotten bored with the main game.
There's one called Medieval something by Red Ketchup (I think?) that also adds more buildings than most mods, although it's nothing compared with CC.
Most other mods just make minor modifications to the game. I like the one that lets you destroy the cemeteries and remove the tombstones, and the one (or ones - there are several) that modify the aging of the citizens (making it so that they really age 1 year in 1 year of game - that means a slow start though).
"I'm more astounded that they even have such position "student diversity officer" ...."
I taught school more than forty five years ago in Appalachia where 99% of students were white. Not long after I left the school district was required to employ an Equal Opportunity Officer and a Diversity Officer to comply with federal regulations. In case you're unaware of it, diversity in the U.S. means "racial diversity." Diversity of experience, or qualifications, or ideology is irrelevant.
I returned five years after the two new full-time well-paid positions had been filled. The amount of Equal Opportunity remained what it had been when I was there: Zero. There was no opportunity for anybody due to crushing poverty. Racial Diversity remained exactly as it had been, 99% white. But the cost of employing the two critically important officers and their staffs required laying off seven teachers. That made things much better.