Diversity at Kalamazoo College

Flag Ceremony at First-year Convocation

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Panel to Address School Discipline, Mass Incarceration Reform

Child with Backpack Graphic for Mass Incarceration Reform Kalamazoo College will host a panel discussion to examine the impact of mass incarceration on [...]

Make Plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

Tasleem Jamila Martin Luther King Jr Day Kalamazoo College students, faculty and staff will take part in events Friday, Jan. 18, and [...]

Key Black Lives Matter Voice to Speak at K

DeRay Mckesson of Black Lives Matter A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and one of Fortune’s World’s Greatest [...]

Grant Empowers Alzheimer’s Research at K

Student Prepares for Alzheimer's Research Kalamazoo College Professor of Biology Blaine Moore and Upjohn Professor of Life Sciences Jim [...]

Arcus Center Invites Public to With/Out-¿Borders? Events

with out borders The public is invited to join the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership for two events [...]

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 2008-2018

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