President’s Office

Members of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Club participate in the Alma College Homecoming 2018 p...

Our Alma family is a lot like our tartan. Each student, staff and faculty member represents a valued thread that, when woven together, create a vivid pattern of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.  

Alma College aspires to be a more just, diverse, and inclusive community while also building better community education and understanding of our diverse campus. In fact, it’s one of the key themes of Evergreen, the college’s strategic plan for moving our mission forward. You can monitor our progress in each area, including diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, on the Evergreen Dashboard

We aim to foster an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds have supportive networks available to help ensure their success at Alma and beyond. As a community we strive to cultivate an environment in which it is clear that we value a wide range of experiences and diverse identities, and create space for ongoing, transformative dialogue.

Goals

Four overarching goals guide our work within diversity, equity and inclusion.

1. Thoughtfully and intentionally respond to the recommendations outlined in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) assessment conducted in 2020 and communicate the response to campus.

2. Define as a campus community what inclusive excellence looks like.

3. Create a culture committed to inclusive excellence.

4. Utilize stakeholders across campus in the college’s intentional DEI efforts.

Recent Updates
  • Damon Brown, Vice President for Student Affairs has been named Chief Diversity Officer for Alma College. Brown will take on additional responsibilities to ensure that the college is considering diversity, equity and inclusion when making key decisions.
  • We will expand the Diversity and Inclusion Office by hiring an assistant director to support the cultural programs and our Campbell Scholars and King-Chávez-Parks Mentor Programs.
  • We presented Julius Chatman, the first Black student to attend Alma College, with an honorary degree to celebrate his life and achievements at our May commencement ceremony. To build on our celebration of his life and legacy, we will launch the Julius Chatman Living Learning Community to support first-year students of color and their allies enrolled in the Campbell Scholars Program.
  • Through the AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Program in partnership with Highland Blush Cafe, we launched the Gratiot County Gender-Affirming Closet. Members of our local community, particularly our LGBTQ+ community members, can receive clothing that supports their self-expression.
  • To foster a campus environment that is inclusive and that encourages self-expression, we established a chosen name policy whereby any current student or employee may use a chosen first name on campus.
  • The recently established Financial Counseling Food Pantry provides grocery gifts and personal care items to any Alma College student. The pantry is meant to address food insecurity at Alma and supplement students’ meals plans.

Diversity Statement

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.