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The Office of Intercultural Student Affairs is committed to a philosophy of inclusion that embraces our similarities and differences, and celebrates these as a valuable aspect of our community. The office provides leadership for academic and social programs and services in support of students and student organizations from ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse backgrounds.

The Office of Intercultural Student Affairs seeks to increase intercultural appreciation and respect for ALL students and members of the diverse Elmhurst College community through creative, active, and intentional programs promoting the understanding of unique cultural and ethnic heritage. The office also actively reaches out to support underrepresented students (Students of Color, Religious Minorities, LGBTQ students, Undocumented Students, Students with Disabilities, etc.) in assessing and evaluating the individual’s experience at Elmhurst College to support academic success and to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and growth-oriented campus experience.

Furthermore, the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs provides programs that are educational, challenging, interactive, and fun. In true liberal arts tradition, individuals are encouraged to participate and to freely agree, disagree, or offer arguments counter to the majority, and to demonstrate critical thinking that may not easily fit within the existing mainstream thought of a group or an organization. This helps create deeper discussion, thought, and an understanding of the issues at hand and allows individuals and groups to develop their own deep-rooted philosophies, strategies, and skills.

This enables the individual to believe in one's own intrinsic worth and culture and to become a leader on a campus and in a society that embraces multiculturalism and moves beyond monoculturalism. This critical pedagogical process is at the center of the individual's quest to define one's relationship and responsibility to our global society, and their desire to be a welcomed, free and equal participant in it.

Programs and services for the year include:

  • Off-Campus Intercultural Retreat
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Black History Month
  • Women’s History Month 
  • Asian Heritage Month
  • LGBTQ History Month
  • World Matters documentary video series and discussion
  • Cultural Café discussion series
  • Diversity Awareness & Education Workshops
  • Anti-Racism Workshops
  • SAFE Zone LGBTQ Education Workshops
  • Entertaining and educational cultural events
  • Off-campus diversity conferences
  • Guest speakers and lecturers
  • Peer mentoring program
  • First Generation student support and mentoring
  • One on One Mentoring with the Director
  • International cultural and service trips
  • Cultural visits to Chicago
  • And more…

Through these efforts, our goals are to champion the movement to eliminate discrimination in society, to help nurture identity development and the intersectionality of identities in each individual, to recognize structural inequities in society which influences how we walk differently through the world, and to visibly stand for social justice globally in accordance with our college mission and values.

The individual acquisition of these attitudes, skills, and knowledge are essential to function positively and successfully in all cultures and in professional careers and to provide an inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and life-changing campus experience.

For more information on intercultural programs and for support, contact:
Office of Intercultural Student Affairs
Contact: Roger Moreano, Director of Intercultural Student Affairs at moreanor@elmhurst.edu

Additional Campus Offices for Support:
Chaplain’s Office
Contact: Rev. H. Scott Matheney, Chaplain at hscottm@elmhurst.edu

International Education & International Student Services – Visa related questions
Gail Gilbert, Director of at gail.gilbert@elmhurst.edu

Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection
Rev. Emily Labrecque ’10, Interim Director of the Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection at emily.labrecque@elmhurst.edu

Wellness Center
Contact: Amy E. Swarr, Director, Counseling Services at amys@elmhurst.edu

ELMHURST COLLEGE LGBTQ Support:

  • EC Queer-Straight Alliance – Student Organization that meets weekly each semester and plans numerous fun and educational programs including the annual “Big Queer Gathering” each December.
  • SAFE Zone LGBTQ Training. For more info,contact Roger Moreano at: moreanor@elmhurst.edu.
  • All Gender Restrooms are currently located in:
    • Frick Center – Second Floor
    • Faganel Hall – Second Floor
    • Old Main – Third Floor
  • For information on Gender Inclusive Housing contact Jillian Denny at 630 617-3281 in the Office of Residence Life.

Reporting Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes
Elmhurst College takes hate crimes very seriously. All members of the Elmhurst community are entitled to a learning or working environment free of discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or national origin. 

The penalties for hate crimes are very serious and are more severe when the crime is committed on school property or on any “public way within 1,000 feet” of the property of a school. The penalty for a first offense is a Class 3 Felony, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. A second offense is a Class 2 Felony with a penalty of up to seven years in prison.

The Illinois Compiled Statutes Ch.720 ILCS 5/12-7.1 states that a person commits a hate crime when because of the actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or national origin of another person or group of persons (even if there are other motivating factors), he commits any of the following crimes:

Assault, battery, aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft, criminal trespass to residence, misdemeanor criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to vehicle, criminal trespass to real property, mob action, disorderly conduct, harassment by telephone or harassment through electronic communications.

Hate crimes and “bias incidents” are also violations of the College's E-Book and will be subject to legal actions as well as disciplinary action by the College.

To report possible bias incidents or hate crimes, contact:

  • Campus Security at 630-617-3000
  • Roger Moreano, Director of Intercultural Student Affairs at 630-617-3207 or moreanor@elmhurst.edu.

OFF-CAMPUS ANTI-DISCRIMINATION RESOURCES:

League of United Latin American Citizens:
http://lulac.org/

DuPage County NAACP:
Email: info@dupagecountynaacp.org  Phone:  630.534.0840

DuPage County PFLAG:
Email: pflagdupage@yahoo.com
Phone: 630-415-0622

Human Rights Campaign:
http://www.hrc.org/

Anti-Defamation League:
https://www.adl.org/

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):
https://www.aclu.org/

Southern Poverty Law Center:
https://www.splcenter.org/

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR):
https://www.cair.com/

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC):
https://www.ifyc.org/

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