Diversity and Inclusion

Eli Silva ’15: Campus Diversity Resources

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Ripon College values diversity as it is the foundation on which a liberal arts education is built. We promote multiculturalism by providing a welcoming atmosphere that encourages social activism and inclusivity while providing the tools necessary to mold culturally competent leaders.

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 (CDI), 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, campus-wide collaborations, and a variety of resources, we seek to create opportunities in this space for continuous cross-cultural and intersectional dialogue. The CDI acts as a catalyst for exploring critical issues on campus by initiating discussions about racism, sexism, heterosexism, inter-ethnic relationships, cultural identity, intersectionality, and the historical and current realities that are impacting these communities.

The Director of Multicultural Affairs supports and empowers equitable participation towards intercultural fluency and provides the resources necessary in order for students to be successful during their academic experience and future careers. The Director works collaboratively with the Ripon College campus community to create and facilitate high-impact programming, support student development, connect networks and recruiting strategies, deliver direct student support activities/workshops, link assessment/research/analysis on initiatives, and support the growth of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. The advocacy for often underrepresented students through these efforts is a top priority.

The celebration and recognition of International Month, Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LGBTQIA Pride Month, alongside year-long intercultural programming including intersectional student identities at Ripon; brings a richness to collaborative learning. We are committed to critical thinking, dialogue, and reflections that allow for further connections. The building of community allows students to break bread, proudly display cultural dress/music/tradition, speak in their native language, and further examine the differences and similarities by engaging in these experiences.

The Cultural Diversity Club hosts “Culture Week” which includes language and dance lessons, a cultural mixer and international dinner.

The CDI “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 welcoming space within the residence halls.

Ripon’s annual “MLK week” honors the beloved civil rights activist through a breakfast to honor students, faculty and staff who emulate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ideals of peace and social justice advocacy. There are interactive workshops, field trips, service opportunities and keynote speakers, such as Coach Boone of Remember the Titans.

The Diversity Coalition is comprised of student organizations dedicated to fostering inclusion at Ripon College: Black Student Union, La Unida, Asian Student Association, Queer-Straight Alliance, RC Feminists, Disabilities Rights Education and Activism Movement (D.R.E.A.M.), Cultural Diversity Club, Brothers Reaching Out (B.R.O.) and Amnesty International.

We are here to serve:


Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Bartlett Hall, G2B
[email protected]
(920) 748-8362


Chris Ogle
Vice President and Dean of Students
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
[email protected]
(920) 748-8194

Maria Mendoza-Bautista
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
[email protected]
(920) 748-8190


Collateral Position
Center for Diversity and Inclusion


Luis Aragon Miranda ’21
Student Intern
Center for Diversity and Inclusion

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