DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

We could say you are welcome at Calvin, no matter your background—but that might be missing the point. You are welcome at Calvin, and your background does matter. Our backgrounds are part of our identities and shape the stories of our lives. We know that creating a welcoming space where all stories are heard and valued makes for richer conversations, scholarship and Christian community.

At Calvin, we are committed to creating an atmosphere where diversity and inclusion flourish. Our commitment includes welcoming community members from various races, ethnicities, cultures, genders and abilities. We don't have it all figured out yet, but with grounded hearts and open minds, we are building a stronger community in every area of campus.

 

SHARING OUR STORIES

What does it mean to be part of a diverse community? How can we experience authentic inclusion? Sharing stories helps us to interpret these questions and respond to the world around us. The following quotes offer glimpses into the pursuit of diversity and inclusion in our community.

President Le Roy with students
My hope is that the Calvin College community becomes increasingly marked by diversity, inclusive excellence, cultural competency, and global awareness. Affirming the fundamental Christian belief that all humans are made in the image of God, Calvin College must address the sins of inequality and exclusion around race and ethnicity, and act toward a vision of shalom marked by racial and ethnic justice and reconciliation. Moving toward these objectives helps Calvin College to achieve its FEN commitments and accomplish its primary work of preparing students for lives of renewal in an increasingly diverse world.” President Le Roy, 2013-14 Multicultural Affairs Committee report

“My hope is that the Calvin College community becomes increasingly marked by diversity, inclusive excellence, cultural competency, and global awareness. Affirming the fundamental Christian belief that all humans are made in the image of God, Calvin College must address the sins of inequality and exclusion around race and ethnicity, and act toward a vision of shalom marked by racial and ethnic justice and reconciliation. Moving toward these objectives helps Calvin College to achieve its FEN commitments and accomplish its primary work of preparing students for lives of renewal in an increasingly diverse world.”
—President Le Roy, 2013-14 Multicultural Affairs Committee report

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

You're invited to speak your experience and listen to the experiences of others. Following God and learning from our peers, we can live out the biblical principles of reconciliation as we fight the sin of racism and celebrate the diverse body of Christ.

  • 13%

    U.S. ethnic minorities in Calvin’s student body

    10%

    International students in Calvin’s student body

    140

    Multicultural scholarships awarded to U.S. ethnic minorities

  • 500

    Students benefit from disability services

    $2,000

    Scholarship awarded to all incoming students who are first-generation college students.

    45-55%

    Male-female student ratio

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

No one member of our community can effectively work for diversity and inclusion alone. However, by working together through both trials and victories, we can create true change on our campus and around the world. Here are some resources to help you get connected.

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