Mission Statement: Through advocacy, education and relationship-building, the Office of Intercultural Student Life (ISL) at Kalamazoo College strives to cultivate an inclusive campus culture that celebrates our community’s many differences, while affirming our shared interconnections. ISL organizes programs, initiatives, and dialogues that center the lived experiences and voices of minoritized students. Recognizing the value that our pluralistic and globally representative campus provides, the Office of Intercultural Student Life works with a range of stakeholders to foster a network of support that ensures all of our students can grow (academically, socially, and personally) through meaningful engagement across difference.
Four working groups (Intercultural Work in Student Development, Training and Professional Development, Spaces of Belonging, and Curriculum) present their recommendations towards creating an inclusive environment on campus.
In 2015, four working groups were established to give recommendations on making the campus more inclusive. This document sets out the guidelines, goals, and early priorities of the Intercultural Work in Student Development working group.
This survey, administered during the winter term of 2015, was developed by the Sense of Belonging Task Force. The survey asked questions such as "I feel like I have to minimize or conceal aspect(s) of my identity in order to fit in" and "I feel awkward and out of place." For more information on the survey and the task force, see the February 25, 2015 article in The Index titled "Campus Survey Seeks Specific Solutions."