Diversity at Kalamazoo College

Flag Ceremony at First-year Convocation

Diversity News

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 [...]

Shared Grant to Proactively Prevent Sexual Violence

Kalamazoo College Quad Shared Grant Kalamazoo College is receiving nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice through a [...]

K Student Provides Tips on What to Bring to Campus

Mattie Del Torro Writes Class of 2019 on her dry-erase board for what to bring to campus story When Mattie Del Toro ’20 reflects on choosing Kalamazoo College, she remembers an experience [...]

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