Multicultural Affairs

Strength in Diversity.

Celebrate our Differences.

At North Central College, we celebrate our differences. We know that an important part of being a member of the North Central College Community is embracing the diversity of our campus community. We promote a perspective that recognizes, understands, respects, appreciates, and celebrates the various cultures that exist in all individuals. 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs supports the success and achievement of students from underrepresented backgrounds. Furthermore, it is our vision to educate and inspire the North Central College community to discover and experience the value of cultivating cross-cultural interpersonal relationships.

The College works with all faculty, staff, administrators and students to provide a safe environment for living, learning and working. While we adhere to and support the principles of academic freedom, each member of the North Central College community also shares in a common responsibility to maintain an environment free from bias, discrimination and hate.

Therefore, we've established the Bias Incident Reporting Form. Reporting bias-related incidents allows us to assist those in need, track patterns of bias and improve our campus climate. Visit our Bias Incident Reporting Form page for more information.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs expands your cultural boundaries throughout the year with events and programs including:

Anti-Hate Week 

A week-long campaign to promote an inclusive environment across campus and raise awareness of discrimination and oppression in all its forms.

Student Organizations

Student groups include Black Student Association, Raza Unida, Mosaic, OUTreach, Asian Student Konnection and many more.

The Cardinal Safe Zone program

Promotes a safe and supportive campus environment for students, faculty and staff who identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual (LGBTQIA) and seeks to create a network of trained allies. 

MLK Week

This annual event has special meaning at North Central. In 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Pfeiffer Hall about his campaign for racial equality and social justice. We celebrate his life every January with a prayer breakfast, influential keynote speakers, and other programs. Past speakers have included Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Spike Lee and Patrisse Cullors, cofounder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

A month-long celebration of Hispanic and Latino history and culture, including art exhibits and performances.

Frankly Speaking

This program invites you to interact with fellow students from different backgrounds. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to meet new friends and learn more about yourself and other cultures.


MLK Week Prayer Breakfast 2015

North Central College’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week Prayer Breakfast.

Sankofa Spring Break Verandah

Over spring break, a group of students travel together to dialogue about and explore the background of a cultural group. 

Premier Scholars

The Premier program is designed to assist underrepresented first-year students make a successful transition from high school to college and ultimately to a successful graduation.


A number of scholarships are available for minority students, including but not limited to the African American Alumni Association of North Central College (AAAANCC) Nicholas Hood Memorial Scholarship and the Derrick and Tracy Malone Scholarship.

Look through more opportunities on our scholarship site.

Spring Break 2016 Sankofa Experience

Students trace the steps of the Freedom riders and reflect on how the civil rights struggle connects to their passion for social justice and leadership. 

Intercultural Student Organizations and Activities

Black Student Association (BSA) provides cultural and educational benefits to the community through pride for the African American culture. 

Latinx Student Association creates unity among students through knowledge of Hispanic and Latino heritage and culture. 

International Club fosters cross-cultural understanding among American and international students.

OUTreach works to promote understanding about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and concerns while fostering community support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and their allies.

Mosaic encourages awareness and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice.

Asian Student Konnection (ASK) promotes Asian cultural awareness through activities. 

Asian Pop Dance Club promotes a positive and encouraging environment in which students can gather together and learn the dances of their favorite artists while spreading enjoyment and appreciation of Asian Pop culture around campus.

Chinese Club promotes Chinese language and culture. 

Fusión Española helps students continue learning the spanish language through cultural events, volunteer work, and unity in the community. 

German Club promotes the language and culture of all German-speaking countries through weekly conversation hours, cultural events, and excursions.

Japan Club promotes cultural awareness through events and activities.

Tous Ensemble: Le Cercle Français provides students with opportunities to use French in real-life situations.