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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

The role of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) at Illinois College is to be a vital resource for realizing the College’s aspirations of leadership and service.

ODEI serves:

  • to support, educate, and empower all students with particular regard for those who identify as historically underrepresented and/or marginalized
  • be a hub for engaging the campus and surrounding communities, actualizing IC’s democratic principles, and building coalitions.
  • as the “conscience of campus,” and assures campus community members and their guests that they are welcome and belong.


  • Once a month, all IC members are welcome to attend a “dine and dish” event, where the community discusses that evening’s topic over a shared meal. 
  • ODEI sponsors cultural celebrations and co-curricular programming during the various heritage months, such as Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and others.
  • Through cultural competency trainings and facilitated discussions, ODEI ensures that IC’s campus as a whole supports and honors students coming from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized communities.
  • Supporting student organizations  to foster a sense of belonging and community while also allowing the students to shape their wider community.