K Diversity News

Dragging Out Conversation

By Elaine Ezekiel ’13 “Reclaiming Crystal Ball: What Drag Means for Us” was the theme of the Week Eight (May 18) Community Reflection in Stetson Chapel. Sponsored by Kaleidoscope, members of the campus’ LGBT organization offered perspectives on drag and the annual Crystal … Continue reading

Student of Color Leadership Conference

Twenty-seven “K” students (see photo) joined Associate Dean of Students Karen Joshua-Wathel and traveled to the 2011 GLCA Student of Color Leadership Conference at Allegheny College (Meadville, Pennsylvania). The group shared a ride with students attending the conference from Hope College. “A … 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.