Diversity at Kalamazoo College

Flag Ceremony at First-year Convocation

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Posse Founder to Speak at 2018 Commencement

2018 Commencement Speaker Deborah Bial Kalamazoo College will celebrate its relationship with the acclaimed Posse Foundation when it [...]

Author Brings Multicultural Message to Diversity Conference

Diversity Conference speaker Juana Bordas Juana Bordas, an authority on integrating diverse viewpoints into workplace leadership, will [...]

Asia Fest Set for Saturday

Asia Fest Kalamazoo College’s rich diversity will be on display Saturday, Feb. 10, as the Asian Pacific [...]

Organizer, Educator Mariame Kaba to Lead MLK Day Convocation

Kaba to Speak at Stetson Chapel Greater Kalamazoo is asked to consider this: What is your position in times of challenge and [...]

Arcus Center Announces 2017 Regional Fellowships

Regional Fellowships Gina Bravata and Ryan D’Mello A Kalamazoo woman who participated in last year’s Kalamazoo County initiative to provide [...]

Kalamazoo College is committed to fostering a campus climate and academic experience in which our diverse community of learners can thrive.

In recent years, K has made great strides in enrolling a significantly more diverse student body in terms of race/ethnicity and country of origin. The student body has also become much more diverse in family income level, geography, and first-generation status.  This achievement in representational diversity is indispensable and will continue, but is only one aspect of the work.

Graph of racial diversity growth at Kalamazoo College 2008-2017

Addressing issues of diversity with students and issues of institutional racism within the College is a very important part of a liberal arts education and the work of Kalamazoo College. Our mission guides us to prepare our graduates to “better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world.”

To this end, K recently created and filled a new position within the Division of Student Development. Director of Intercultural Student Life Natalia Carvalho-Pinto will work toward fostering the development of intercultural competence among students and ensuring a sense of belonging among all students, with a special focus on the experience of students of color, first-generation students, LGBTQAI+ students, low-income students, and international students.

In addition, the College recently opened an Intercultural Center: a dedicated space that builds community by providing services and programming that celebrate our diverse student body. The Intercultural Center is designed to provide refuge, support and education, especially for traditionally marginalized students. All students are welcome.

More Information

Diversity and Inclusion Resources
Office of Intercultural Student Life