Kyonna A. Withers
Assistant Director of Student Activities


Campus Life | Multicultural

Multicultural and International Programming

Misson Statement

This program works, through the Office of Student Activities and Orientation and the Division of Student Life, to:

  • Facilitate the social, emotional, and educational development of students from traditionally under-represented groups (such as students of color, international students, and gay and lesbian students).
  • To promote a more diverse and non-discriminatory campus community.
  • Identify the needs and concerns of students from traditionally under-represented groups.
  • Create programs speaking to issues of diversity.
  • Assist with establishment of policies addressing diversity.



Program Goals

The Home away from Home program provides international students with a network of support and resources that extends beyond Ripon College.

This program provides members of the Ripon community and surrounding communities the opportunity to share U.S culture with international students.  Community members are matched with international students and encouraged to invite the students to partake in typical social activities. These social activities provide a platform for cultural exchange.

Some examples of social activities:

Family Meals

Local Sporting Events

Holiday Celebrations



Family Gatherings



The program is what those involved make of it. It is our hope that Ripon College’s international students have the most positive experience they can have. We also hope the Ripon community can benefit from shared experiences with these students. It is our hope that a strong and long lasting bond can be created between Ripon College’s international student programs and the Ripon community. If you would like to take part in the program or have any questions please contact Kyonna Withers at

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Multicultural Celebrations

Rosh Hashanah- September 24-26

LGBT History Month in October

S.O.U.L. Weekend- October 10-12

Soul Food- October 12

International Month in November- Japan, Hmong, Greece

Day of the Dead- November 1-2

Kwanzaa- December 26-January 1

Hanukkah- December 16- December 24

Martin Luther King Jr Day – January 19

MLK Week 2014 January 26 – January 31

Chinese New Year – February 19

Black History Month in February (keynote February 19)

Ash Wednesday – March 5

Women’s History Month in March

Social Justice Retreat – February 20 – February 22

CDC Culture Week – April 6-12

International Dinner – April 12

Easter – April 5

Cinco de Mayo – May 5