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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 our students, faculty and staff by facilitating discussions, hosting celebrations, and striving to cultivate a culture of respect where inclusion is imperative. This is our guiding philosophy in fostering belonging for everyone who calls Culver home.

Diversity Statement

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."

Our Commitment

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

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

Peter Wang '23 (left). the regimental first adjutant, AJ Black '24 (center), a diversity sergeant in Band, and Asia Best '23 (right), diversity chair, pose with the Frey family, Tyler, Curtis, Diana, and their aunt, Madison. (Photo by Vedette Photographer Ashley Zheng)

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.

A Global Perspective

The best whole person education takes place in a culturally rich environment, which affords opportunities for growth and holistic belonging to a diverse population of students. Culver has welcomed international students as an important part of our community since 1903. Effective leadership requires inclusive and global engagement; a student body with global representatives allows for diverse viewpoints, robust discussion, and innovative thinking that is foundational to the Culver experience.

A Culver education provides opportunities for students to share, establish relationships, and collaborate with students from across the country and around the world. Culver offers special programming that facilitates character growth, promotes balanced participation in a wide range of activities, and ensures that international students achieve at the highest levels to prepare them to be responsible global citizens who make positive change in the world.

Learn more about International Student Achievement

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