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Diversity & Intercultural Life

The kind of leadership we're building knows no bounds.

At Culver, we believe that belonging is an essential element in building a community in which each individual can bring their full potential. People can only invest in a community when they feel encouraged to engage the core of their identity and values. We serve the community by facilitating discussions, hosting celebrations, and striving to cultivate a community where inclusion is imperative. This is our guiding philosophy in fostering belonging for everyone who calls Culver home.

Mission

Our community is expected to abide by our diversity statement: 

"I will promote the well-being of others by respecting difference with kindness and open-mindedness."

VIsion

We commit to community-wide education surrounding anti-bias practices in order to improve sense of belonging and care for marginalized students, and to help community members appropriately respond to bias and injustice at Culver and beyond.

Director of Diversity and Intercultural Life Jessica Harding

Jessica Harding

Director of Diversity and Intercultural Life

jessica.harding@culver.org | 574-842-8015

Jessica Harding joined the Culver community as an Instructor of Chinese in 2015. She is excited to make the transition to full-time Director of Diversity and Intercultural Life. Harding began her educational career as a Resident Director at Marietta College, where she also served as a Coordinator in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Davidson College in 2008.

In 2015, Harding received her Master’s Degree in Chinese Language from Indiana University Bloomington. She is committed to improving whole-person education for students of marginalized backgrounds and identities. She co-facilitates the Cultural Competence and Equity Committee, and supports student leadership by co-sponsoring the Black Student Union, Chinese Culture Club, and Diversity Council. She also looks forward to arranging international exchange between Culver and Shanghai Foreign Language School in Shanghai, China. 

 

Senior administration at Culver is committing to the following steps as a school:

  1. DEI workshops and institutional professional development for senior administrators (continuous throughout the year).
  2. External review of campus-wide DEI initiatives –recommendations from this review process will guide a new institution-wide DEI Strategic Plan.
  3. Regular, structured community time for adults to learn about anti-racist practices.
  4. Adapting institutional response to bias incidents and bullying around identity (race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, etc).
  5. Affinity group feedback process for underrepresented adult and student groups to share their experiences with campus leaders and senior administrators.
  6. Intentional community review of past and present student experiences shared via survey and social media. This will help all in our community understand more about the experiences of students from marginalized and underrepresented populations.
  7. Enhanced onboarding process and support network for BlPOC students and families (getting new students and families connected with adults, students, and alumni in the Culver community).
  8. Continuing and expanding commitment to targeted recruitment of BIPOC professionals.
  9. Building and strengthening connections with schools and community organizations that expand access to college preparatory education to BIPOC students.

Cultural Competence and Equity Committee

Photo Gallery

Members of the student affinity group “No Labels” chat with alumni while making colorful crafts in celebration of Pride Month—which occurs in June.

Members of Culver's Black Student Union assemble “I have a dream . . .”  quilts as part of Black History Month. BSU asked students to write their dreams for the future on fabric squares using Rev. Martin Luther King’s speech as the prompt.

Students light a paper lantern as part of during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Henna tattoos during the Diwali celebration on campus.

The Amazing Ryan wows the crowd with his magic act during the 2022 Lunar New Year celebration.

Students perform during the 2022 Lunar New Year celebration.

During Diversity Day 2022, students celebrate their respective cultures through traditional dress.

During Diversity Day 2022, students celebrate their respective cultures through traditional dress.

CGA Counselor Katie Sewell leads a LGBTQ+ Ally Workshop for faculty and staff.

Student Affinity Groups

Spiritual Life

Just as it nurtures the mind through rigorous academics, and fosters the development of a strong body through athletics and recreation, Culver also prioritizes a student's spiritual maturation. The Spiritual Life Department offers a variety of integrated programs, traditional worship services, and contemplative practices that permit students to develop their spirit, define, their values, and demonstrate character and self understanding. 

Learn more about Spiritual Life at Culver