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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Co-creator of The ARC earns Newman Civic Fellowship
March 31, 2021
Social entrepreneurship major Haven Denson ’22 has earned a coveted Newman Civic Fellowship for 2021-2022. Denson was one of 212 students from 39 states to be selected for the honor. The yearlong fellowship, sponsored by Campus Compact, supports changemakers and problem-solvers with recognized potential for public leadership.
Grant funding addresses broad need for STEM teachers
March 18, 2021
A $75,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to North Central College represents several important firsts and lays the groundwork for significant additional grant support in the future. The funds will be used to build capacity and partnerships, with the end goal of preparing STEM teachers who are equity-minded and willing to teach in high-need schools.
North Central DEI Task Force trains for next steps in moving the College forward
February 26, 2021
Members of the North Central College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force are preparing to take what they have learned over the past year and put it into decisive action for the good of the entire College community. In mid-February, the task force met with Deepa Iyer, director of strategic initiatives for the Building Movement Project (BMP). BMP is an organization dedicated to helping educational institutions, nonprofits and other similar groups strategize how to bring about positive social change.
When Jojo Galvan Mora ’19 came to North Central College and discovered the archives inside Oesterle Library, he “fell in love.” Now he’s using that passion to fuel graduate research and a career in public history. For the past year, he’s held the position of archivist/curator for the Midwest Nursing History Research Center (MNHRC) in Chicago, while also pursuing a master’s degree in museum and exhibition studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Honors Salon Series continues race-related sessions after successful debut
February 9, 2021
The first virtual session of spring was held February 3 and attracted 40 participants as Sean Kim Butorac, assistant professor of political science, discussed “Race & The Politics of Resistance.” All sessions are held virtually on Zoom or Microsoft Teams and are open to the campus community. After the presentation of topics, participants are welcome to ask questions and discuss content further.
Exceptional programs and inspiring mentors helped first-year North Central College student pave a unique path forward
February 3, 2021
Business management major Elizah Leonard ’24 found her home away from home in Naperville, Ill. A strong sense of community, inspiring mentors and exceptional opportunities inside and outside of the classroom showed Leonard North Central College was the right fit for her. “North Central had everything I wanted,” said Leonard. “The campus size and the idea that I wouldn’t be (just) a number to professors really helped me want to come here.”
Scholar, author and activist Eddie Glaude Jr. to give keynote address for North Central College’s Black History Month events
January 29, 2021
Glaude is a noted author, having penned numerous studies of the intersection between race and politics in America, focusing particularly on the Black community and the nature of democracy. His latest book, “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own,” reflects on America’s history of racial division to find what lessons we can learn from the past.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.