Diversity & Multiculturalism

Kishwaukee College Definition of Diversity

Kishwaukee College recognizes, embraces, and values diversity on its campus. As our campus is a microcosm of the world at large, we understand that diversity is manifested in various forms among our administration, faculty, staff, and students - including (but not limited to) differences of gender, sex, race, religion, age, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, socio-economic status, and ability. In order to ensure respect for these differences, while at the same time both encouraging their expression and capitalizing on their creative and intellectual value, the following Diversity Plan has been constructed. 

Core Values 

The scope, direction, and implementation of the plan are centered on the pursuit of seven core values. We, as a Kishwaukee College community, are dedicated to: 

  • Creating and sustaining a college climate that recognizes and values diversity 
  • Supporting the success of a diverse student population 
  • Recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse workforce 
  • Establishing open and vibrant lines of communication about issues related to diversity, including its recognition, expression and protection 
  • Integrating diversity into college curricula 
  • Developing and implementing a campus-wide system of responsibility and accountability for the purposes of achieving the goals and action items expressed in this plan 
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue and collaborative academic and social experiences 

Quick Facts 

Campus Diversity/Cultural Awareness Centers and Committees 

Accessibility Advisory Committee  Gender & Sexuality Diversity Committee
Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Observance Committee Hispanic Services Committee
Disability Services  Hispanic Awareness Month Committee
Black History Month Committee  International Education Committee 
Diversity Education Committee Kishwaukee Black Caucus
Federal TRIO – Student Support Services Student Veterans Affairs Committee
LGBT Awareness Month Committee Women’s History Month Committee 


Diversity/Multicultural Student Clubs, Organizations, and Programs 

Association of Culture and Language Nurses Christian Fellowship 
Black Student Union Spectrum (LGBTQ) 
Black Male Initiative  S.O.U.L. (Students Out Uniting for the Lord) 
Latinos Unidos Study Abroad Program


“Kougars Exploring Culture: Kishwaukee College Diversity Experience Series” 

  • Diversity 101 Workshop 
  • The 3rd Annual “Gkéndasot (Be Educated)” Kish Diversity Lecture Series 
  • Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15, 2015 to October 15, 2015 
  • Campus Diversity Day – October 1, 2015 
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month – October 2015 (Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25th Anniversary)
  • Kougars Exploring Culture: Let's Talk About It (Campus Diversity Dialogue) - November 6, 2016
  • Veteran’s Day Observance – November 11, 2015 
  • International Education Week – November 16 to November 20, 2015 
  • Native American Observance – November 23, 2015 
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance – January 20, 2016 
  • Black History Month – February 2016 
  • Women’s History Month – March 2016 
  • LGBT Awareness Month – April 2016 
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Observance – May 2016