Charting our course to a better North Central College for everyone
This page is an archive of official communications shared with the North Central College campus community regarding initiatives, protocols and practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion. As North Central develops into a safer, more enriching and welcoming environment for everyone, we offer a record of our progress to assure accountability.
These communications reflect collaborative efforts from all offices and departments of the College. They can come from President Troy Hammond; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Abiódún Gòkè-Pariolá; Vice President for Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Kimberly Sluis; Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator Rebecca Gordon; the North Central College Athletics Department; the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force; as well as others.
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Foundations of Inclusive Teaching
January 4, 2021
Learn about the research basis for inclusive teaching and the foundational inclusive practices you can develop in your own teaching with keynote speaker Dr. Chavella Pittman. At the end of this interactive keynote, you will have worked on and know what to do next to improve your inclusive teaching on January 19, 2021 on ZOOM from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Schedule of Martin Luther King Celebration Week and Black History Month events announced
December 18, 2020
This year's Martin Luther King Celebration will expand to include MLK Vision Day and a wealth of Black History Month events, all with the theme “A Time to Break Silence”. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., a New York Times best-selling author & chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies. He will speak Wednesday, February 10 at 5 p.m.
Please join us on Friday, January 15 for a special session of CAFÉ's Reading Roundtable Series on diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitated by Dr. Megan Cole Paustian. Over winter break, we invite you to read Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents, which analyzes American racism through an analogy to India's caste system. The book has been called "an instant American classic" (Garner) and is distinguished in its "ability to appall and unsettle, to prompt flashes of indignation and moments of sorrow" (Appiah). Combining meticulous research and elegant writing, it promises to be a powerful read.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Center for Social Impact, Office of Faith & Action, Dyson Wellness Center and Project Re-Connect, is excited to host Anti-Hate Week from October 26-30, 2020. Anti-Hate Week is a week-long campaign designed to educate and raise awareness about various forms of oppression and discrimination. For more information, contact us at email@example.com, the Presence App https://noctrl.presence.io/events, and Instagram @ncc_oma.
DEI Forum - Student Research in the College's Archives
October 20, 2020
Many of you are aware that, beginning fall 2018, student researchers uncovered racist imagery in the North Central College Chronicle and yearbook archives. This discovery resulted in subsequent research projects and has contributed to our ongoing conversation about the role of race in the College's history, as well as the work we have before us today. The President's Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is charged to hold at least one community forum each semester, and I am happy to announce that several of those researchers will share their findings at the first forum of this academic year.
I wrote to you this summer about a recommendation from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force that we conduct a campus-wide climate survey. I appreciate the Task Force’s work and its recommendation, and I am pleased to announce that this initiative will soon move forward as part of our commitment to achieving our shared vision of building a more diverse and inclusive community.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Website Announcement
September 30, 2020
With the collaborative efforts of our DEI Task Force, students, faculty, and staff, and our leadership team, we are pleased to announce the launch of our completely redesigned and updated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts website.
We are writing in the wake of the grand jury announcement regarding indictments in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in March in Louisville, Kentucky.
For all of us in the campus community—particularly our Black students, faculty, and staff––this is a very sad and difficult moment in time. We have organized two events to help us all as a community to share and support one another, in particular our Black students, faculty, and staff.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to continuing to be a source of support for our underrepresented students and a focal point for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at North Central College. We would like to share some news and upcoming events from our office with the campus community.
It is essential for North Central College to provide a safe environment for all community members regardless of identity. Acts that are motivated by intolerance or bigotry have a profoundly negative impact on our campus. While the College adheres to and supports the principles of academic freedom and free speech, each member of the North Central College community also shares a common responsibility to maintain an environment free from bias and hate. To assist with these efforts, North Central College established the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) and the Bias Incident Reporting Form in 2016.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force Welcome Letter
September 8, 2020
Our work does not occur in isolation from the rest of the world. The past few months in particular have been characterized by acute pain and compounded fatigue for many members of our community. In our first Task Force meeting, we reflected on the events of the summer. We have been disheartened by continuing high-profile incidents of anti-Black racism and the startlingly callous response by so many Americans (including some of our family members and friends). Yet we are optimistic about the growth that we have witnessed and the energy that has emerged. We begin this academic year with a clear focus and a steadfast determination to assist North Central in realizing its mission.
President Hammond sent a message to the campus community as a reminder of the College’s values, and how those values apply to our commitments to keep one another healthy and safe during this global health crisis, as well as to respect and affirm one another as our country grapples with the continuing effects of racism.
President Hammond hosted a College Town Hall on Thursday, June 18, as one of the many steps the College will take regarding our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. President Hammond and a group of panelists addressed a number of questions, and shared more with the campus community regarding how the College will move forward by listening and learning from students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and using what is learned to take specific actions toward making North Central College a more inclusive institution.
President Hammond comments on destruction in downtown Naperville after what started as a peaceful protest, and responds to calls from members of the campus community advocating for additional campus-based change in wake of recent racist events.
North Central College strives to grow in diversity, equity and inclusion through the work of our faculty and staff, the openness and honesty of our students, the support of our alumni, and the continuing commitment of the entire North Central community. Share our journey with us and discover how we are working to be the change and become a true college of destination.