Diversity Mission Statement
Ripon College seeks solidarity amongst its constituents through strong, interpersonal relationships regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation and nationality. We are dedicated to maintaining a community free from all forms of harassment, hostility and intolerance.
It’s important to the College to maintain a set of core values that focus on maintaining a diversified community of students, faculty and staff. Our core values are as follows:
Education and Advocacy
We strive to increase institutional and personal capacity for diversity resulting in a community committed to equity and inclusive excellence.
We create inclusive spaces and skills bundling opportunities for all members of the community to engage with issues related to their individual identities. We provide resources and promote an environment that is supportive for all.
We work to promote and provide access to information and recourse to support academic and personal goals. Collectively with various campus partners and community entitles, we provide programs and services in response to the changing needs of our community.
Awareness and Visibility
We are committed to building cultural competencies and skills supported by workshops, training, and keynote speakers. We welcome consistent assessment and feedback for sustainable change.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Inaugurated in 2015, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) has become a transformative space on campus that promotes affirmation, validation, and visibility for all members of our campus community. Equipped with a cozy lounge area, the Jerry Thompson Study Room, and space for robust conversations and programs; the CDI also offers its own collection of culturally relevant books, movies, international flags, symbolic and sacred artifacts, and features a social justice mural painting by Ram Rojas featuring Malcolm X, Yuri Kochiyama, Mahatma Gandhi, César Chávez, and Maya Angelou. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and community building.
- Propels the exploration of critical issues and initiating discussions about racism, sexism, heterosexism, inter-ethnic relationships, cultural identity, intersectionality, and the historical and current realities that are impacting these communities.
- Is committed to the sustained, and comprehensive work of creating a campus climate of mutual respect and communal vision.
- Ensures greater representation of individuals from all backgrounds in every part of the college and keeping fairness and accessibility at the heart of our policies and procedures.
- Values a deep, collective understanding that an institutional and personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is a true commitment to meaningful, lifelong learning.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion engages in coordinated efforts to interrogate and explore identity, promote cultural pluralism, and contribute to social justice. All are welcome to our space regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, creed, religion, age, social class, socioeconomic status, physical and cognitive differences, political views, and immigration status. Through innovative programming, campus-wide collaborations, and a variety of resources; we seek to create opportunities in this space for continuous cross-cultural and intersectional dialogue, activities, and programming. Program development initiatives bring further awareness, education, and justice to the visibility of culture.
The CDI is committed to facilitating spaces of critical thinking, dialogue, and reflection while engaging in further connections. Building community allows students to break bread, proudly display cultural dress/music/traditions, speak native languages, and further examine the differences and similarities by engaging in these experiences.
Signature Celebrations (among other significant celebrations throughout the year):
- International Month
- Latinx Heritage Month
- Black History Month
- MLK Spirit Awards
- César Chávez Day
- Womxn’s HERstory Month
- Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
- LGBTQIA+ Pride Month
Multicultural-focused Student Organizations
The Diversity Coalition is comprised of student organizations dedicated to fostering inclusion at Ripon College: Amnesty International, Asian Student Association, Black Student Union, Brothers Reaching Out (B.R.O.), Cultural Diversity Club, D.R.E.A.M (Disabilities Rights Education and Activism Movement), La Unida, Queer-Straight Alliance, and RC Feminists.
The Diversity Coalition works to:
- Identify and address the unique concerns for students identifying as diverse and intersectional
- Support the recruitment of students and faculty to enhance the diversity on campus
- Facilitate discussions about diversity in education and other professions
- Engage students of different races and ethnicities, through campus and community activities
- Unite different cultures and voices of every student’s ideas and thoughts
- End social injustices in our communities
- Promote underrepresented students access to higher education
- Sponsor educational events that enhance awareness of diversity issues at Ripon College
Update: Spring 2021 – We are expanding our Diversity Coalition group to include other entities that can also contribute to the richness, expansion, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome the following new organizations to our coalition and monthly meetings: Panhellenic Inclusion and Diversity Chair, Athletics Student Diversity Task Force, Ripon Area Racial Justice Alliance, Men of Color Affinity Group.
International Student Support
The “Home Away from Home” program connects International Students at Ripon College to area hosts to give both the students and host families a deeper understanding of culture. Such care includes off-campus meals, trips to museums and concerts, grocery/goods shopping, advice, and an overall welcoming experience. Residence Life is also dedicated to supporting the unique needs of International Students through dorm accommodations.
Ripon College seeks solidarity amongst its constituents through strong, interpersonal relationships regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation and nationality. Therefore, we are dedicated to maintaining a community free from all forms of harassment, hostility and intolerance. Any act that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational, social or working environment will not be tolerated. The college instituted a bias incident reporting tool for all faculty, staff, students and guests of the college.
Monday-Friday, 9-6pm *special event exceptions
Saturday and Sunday, *special event exceptions
Advising appointments: [email protected]
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Luis Aragon Miranda ‘21
Hannah Brockman ‘24
Stephanie Boahen ‘21
Ofome Omosotome ‘22
Rachel Siems ‘22