Ripon College values diversity as it is the foundation on which the liberal arts education is built. We promote multiculturalism by providing a safe atmosphere that encourages social activism and inclusivity while providing the tools necessary to mold culturally competent leaders for today’s global society.
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.
Fall 2015 marked the launch of our new Center for Diversity and Inclusion, a dedicated space where saliency in one’s identity will always be respected and where students will be able to find community building and congregation with peers of like or shared experience based on their cultural identity. Through innovative programming and a variety of resources we seek to create regular opportunities in this space for cross-cultural dialogue.
The Director of Multicultural Affairs Kyonna Withers works exclusively with students and campus groups to facilitate programming, ongoing support networks and recruiting strategies to help grow diversity on campus. Withers advocates for often underrepresented students through these efforts.
International Month, Black History Month and Women’s History Month help initiate discussions and connections for students. Within these months, students feast on food from around the world, participate in fashion shows and examine differences and similarities through these and other experiences.
Cultural Diversity Club hosts “Culture Week” which includes language and dance lessons, a cultural mixer and international dinner.
The “Home Away from Home” program links international students to area families and couples to give both the students and family a deeper understanding of culture. Such care includes off-campus meals, trips to museums and concerts, advice and a welcome refuge from the residence halls.
Ripon’s annual “MLK week” honors the beloved civil rights activist through a brunch to honor students, faculty and staff who emulate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ideals, interactive workshops and service opportunities and keynote speakers, such as Coach Boone of Remember the Titans fame.
Student organizations dedicated to fostering relationships include, but are not limited to: Black Student Union, La Unida, Queer-Straight Alliance and Cultural Diversity Club.