Diversity and Inclusion

A Warm Welcome

Our students come from all over the world and represent a wide array of religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations.

We embrace individual expression, and we celebrate our diversity as a source of strength. Our commitment to inclusion and diversity on campus is embedded in our core institutional values and plays out in many ways across the campus. The mission of our University compels us to stand as a community against racism.

Recently, the University was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution, or HSI. This designation opens the door to new opportunities to provide our Hispanic and Latino/a students with a successful Elmhurst experience.

Open and Welcoming

Rafael Blanco, assistant professor of art, painted a diversity- and inclusion-themed mural at his alma mater, the University of Nevada–Reno, during the summer of 2020.

Elmhurst is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the first mainstream American church to ordain an African American pastor, a woman, and an openly gay man, The Reverend Dr. William R. Johnson ’68. In the spirit of the UCC’s commitment to social justice and inclusivity, the University is open and welcoming to all.

Support and Resources

Student-Led Groups

Student organizations such as the Black Student Union, HABLAMOS, Asian Club of Elmhurst and Queer Straight Alliance promote understanding, awareness and inclusion. These groups are open to students from all backgrounds.


Elmhurst celebrates campus diversity with a variety of events that spark conversation and raise awareness. Student-run activities include the Big Queer Gathering and National Coming Out Day, while our annual religious lecture series provides a forum for scholars representing a variety of religious traditions.

Academic Programs

The major in intercultural studies (ICS) encourages students to examine cultures, power, privilege and cross-cultural interactions. You can focus your ICS coursework in an area of particular interest, including African American studies, Latin American studies and LGBTQ studies.

We are committed to cultural diversity, mutual respect among all persons, compassion for others, honest and open communication, and fairness and integrity in all that we do.

Elmhurst University Core Values

Bruce King

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Office of Equity and Inclusion

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