K 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

Multiculturalism at Kalamazoo College

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, a major role of Associate Dean of Students Karen Joshua-Wathel is helping students overcome the problems that stem from difference, helping students of color benefit from education in this environment, and encouraging all of us to value and cherish the contributions of people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. She also works with faculty on including issues of diversity within their courses and with administrators on developing programs and policies that make this an inclusive environment that offers the strongest education to all students.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs

  • Informs and educates the campus community about the importance and value of diversity in the educational environment.

  • Offers programs and training activities that focus on the multiple layers of multicultural development.

  • Serve as a resource for all students of color on campus, to include orientation to the institutional culture

For more information, see the Office of Multicultural Affairs web site.