Diversity

Northwestern College values diversity and is committed to providing a Christian liberal arts education in an undergraduate, intercultural and residential environment. That commitment finds expression in numerous ways:

Our student body

Despite its setting in a small, rural Midwestern community, Northwestern's student population is becoming more racially diverse. The number of ethnic minority students has doubled during the past 6 years. Approximately 11% of the freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2014 were students of color.

A multicultural community

  • Northwestern's student body includes students from 23 different countries.
  • Among our faculty and staff are individuals from Argentina, Canada, South Africa, South Korea and Taiwan.
  • A number of our faculty and staff have lived, studied or served in countries that include:
Argentina CanadaGermanyMarshall IslandsScotland
Austria ChinaGreeceMexicoSouth Africa
Bahrain ColombiaHondurasThe NetherlandsSouth Korea 
BoliviaCosta RicaIcelandOmanSpain
Botswana
EcuadorIndonesiaPapua New GuineaTaiwan
BrazilEgyptIsraelRomaniaThailand
BulgariaEnglandItalyRussiaTurkey

Global learning and living

  • Northwestern hosts its own semester-long study abroad programs in Oman and Romania. We also have partnerships with approved study abroad programs in 20 other countries, enabling students to study in countries like Belize, China, England, Mexico, Russia and Uganda.
  • Spring Service Project trips offered each March give students cross-cultural experiences here in the U.S. and at four international sites.
  • Northwestern's Summer of Service program gives students the opportunity to spend up to 10 weeks serving in an overseas hospital, school, refugee camp or other mission setting.

Multi-Ethnic Resource Committee (MERC)

A 10-member team of faculty, staff and students, the Multi-Ethnic Resource Committee was established to promote the biblical values of intercultural competence and racial reconciliation. The committee works to strengthen multicultural education and awareness through student programs, curriculum development, diversity training, and campus-wide structural change. It also supports the recruitment and retention of an ethnically diverse faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and student body.



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