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Diversity at Kalamazoo College

Diversity News

Adding Voice to VISIONS

isionsThumb A committee of six faculty and staff members is offering a three-part multicultural training titled “VISIONS + Voices,” which is open to all Kalamazoo College employees. The sessions build upon diversity training offered in previous years to faculty and staff … Continue reading

Kalamazoo College Lecture Will Focus on the Holocaust

orisBergen The 2015 Edward Moritz Lecture in History coincides with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps and the end of World War II. The lecture will occur Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Dewing Hall Room … Continue reading

Spring Break Update and Message From Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran

Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran Spring Break 2015 at Kalamazoo College begins Wed. March 18 at 12 noon. The following message was sent to all K students, faculty, and staff on Monday March 16… Dear Members of the Campus Community: As some of you prepare … Continue reading

Miles to Go: Toward an Equitable, Inclusive Campus Learning Experience

In recent weeks, three separate events embedded in a much broader historical context have brought to light the need for greater attention and resources devoted to shaping our campus climate and continuing to foster a  community that is safe and … Continue reading

Student-Led Forums Focus on Race and Ethnicity on K’s Campus

Kalamazoo College students host two forums this week focusing on race and ethnicity on the K campus. “Konsciousness” (Wed. March 4, 7PM, Banquet Room, Hicks Student Center) is a structured discussion open to K students, faculty, and staff to hear … Continue reading

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

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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 programing 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.

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