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Campus News and Stories on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sharing how our community lives diversity, equity and inclusion

Students, faculty and staff come from many identities and backgrounds. Listening to these diverse stories helps us become more aware of not only our great similarities, but how our differences greatly benefit all of us. It helps us realize our College Mission, to be dedicated to preparing students to be curious, engaged, ethical, and purposeful citizens and leaders.

These are their stories of service, activism, teaching and learning. Read on to find out how the people who make up our College are broadening their minds, sharing experiences with one another and being the change they want to see in the world.

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Protest art exhibit shines a light on North Central College’s call for social justice

December 18, 2020

The North Central College Department of Art and Design is hosting an exhibition devoted to student protest art now through February 25, 2021 in the Schoenherr Gallery at the Wentz Performing Arts Center.

A piece of protest art from the North Central College exhibit.

College receives $20,000 grant supporting racial healing

December 16, 2020

In support of North Central College's efforts to facilitate racial healing and promote racial justice, Healing Illinois awarded the College a $20,000 grant. The grant will be used to help expand five of the College's diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Logos for the Chicago Community Trust and Healing Illinois.

Naperville historian to speak to North Central students on the little-known history of diversity in the College’s hometown

November 11, 2020

Writer and historian Robert W. Fieseler will give a virtual lecture on how North Central College's home of Naperville became a large, suburban “melting pot” with a diverse population and broad sense of social acceptance.

Old Main, the administrative building for North Central College.

Dialogue Across Differences: "We're allowing space for others to express themselves"

October 23, 2020

North Central College's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Center for Social Impact are implementing dialogue training and a toolkit for it called CHIRP, named for how Cardinals communicate with each other.

Kamelotte Greogory and Stephania Rodriguez

Open forum continues the conversation about race representation in North Central College’s history

October 20, 2020

During the 2018-2019 academic year, students in Professor Ann Keating’s HIST 200 Methods class uncovered racist images in North Central College’s student newspaper and yearbook archives

DEI forum

Everybody Comes In: Making all students feel welcome

October 6, 2020

While enrolled in Models of Social Thought and Philosophy of Race and Gender with Ann Dolinko, visiting professor in the Shimer Great Books School, Beth Rodriguez '21, Josselin Rodríguez '21 and Mayra Dominguez '21 formed an idea: to create an organization on campus that provides a safe and welcoming environment for all. 

ECI leaders Elizabeth Rodriguez, Mayra Dominguez and Josselin Rodríguez

North Central College Board of Trustees undergoes committee restructuring

October 5, 2020

The North Central College Board of Trustees expanded its committee structure in order to give Board members more time to engage with student programming and success and the College’s continued work on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Old Main, the North Central College administrative building.

Student-organized series encourages participants to reflect on diversity in new ways

October 1, 2020

The Honors Program is hosting a Salon Series focusing on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as a way to expand important “conversations” within the campus community. Led by North Central faculty and staff, all six sessions can be joined via Microsoft Teams; many can also be attended in person.

honors salon series flyer

Austin Channing Brown inspires leadership on racial justice during Welcome Week

October 1, 2020

Each year, Welcome Week at North Central College offers valuable workshops and events for first-year students. Welcome Week 2020 included a virtual keynote session with bestselling author, public speaker and media producer Austin Channing Brown. 

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In Writing for Social Change, students learn they can shape the world

September 29, 2020


As students study the writing of social change movements of the past and present, they learn how their own writing can influence public media.

Students on a virtual call

Faculty find new ways to battle systemic racism in online workshop

September 11, 2020

North Central’s faculty were inspired to reflect on their beliefs and consider new teaching approaches during a virtual workshop on diversity, equity and inclusion, lead by Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur, chief learning officer at University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center.

Headshot of Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur, chief learning officer at University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center

Office of Multicultural Affairs holds summer events on race and racism

September 11, 2020

The Office of Multicultural Affairs held two special events to promote dialogue about race and racism in July. These events were fully virtual and open to the public, and saw strong attendance.

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North Central students create unique and socially conscious jewelry company

July 23, 2020

Ambitious students use their skills as entrepreneurs by bringing Colombian jewelry to the U.S.

kawami jewelry made by NC students

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at North Central

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.

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