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.
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.
In 2018, Kalamazoo College was awarded a $1 million, five-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to participate in a nationwide quest to find ways to better serve students from demographic groups that are underrepresented in science and mathematics. K is one of 33 colleges chosen for HHMI’s Inclusive Excellence initiative.