At Calvin many departments and people are working to strengthen and coordinate the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Leadership for these efforts begins at the top with our University President, Michael K. Le Roy. President Le Roy frequently speaks about diversity and inclusion as an integral part of the university’s mission to equip students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.
In 2013, the President’s office created a new position to promote diversity and inclusion efforts across the university. The Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion provides oversight for efforts related to diversity and inclusion, and sits on the President’s Cabinet.
Beyond the President’s office, other areas of the university also provide leadership and oversight for diversity efforts among faculty, staff, and students.
Within the Academic Division, the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, the Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Multicultural Affairs Committee, all work to ensure that multiculturalism, inclusive excellence, and global competency are woven into Calvin’s curriculum.
The Manager of Employment Services (Human Resources) works with programming that includes diversity training initiatives for all Calvin employees. The trainings assist staff members in becoming more culturally sensitive and in developing their cross-cultural skills.
Both the Student Life Division and the Enrollment Management Division are key partners in Calvin’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Within Student Life the Dean for Intercultural Student Development is a new role created to ensure that Calvin’s growing population of international and minority students receive opportunities and support to be able to reach their full potential and thrive at Calvin. Assisting the dean are the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Student Development, the Assistant Dean for International Student Development, and program coordinators.
Within the Enrollment Management Division, the Director of College Access Programs, the Associate Director of International Admissions, along with several admissions counselors and program coordinators, help Calvin to recruit and retain a diverse student body.