Inclusion and Diversity

"Because of Olivet, I've had the opportunity to study abroad at a diverse college with rich history." — Jaideep

Multicultural Education and Initiatives Office

Multicultural programs and activities that encourage recruitment, retention and graduation of our multicultural, first-generation and underrepresented students are a part of our campus culture. We also provide programs that help our majority students better understand cultural differences that can exist in our diverse campus environment.

The Multicultural Education and Initiatives Office coordinates educational activities and program initiatives related to the recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation of multicultural undergraduate students.

Resources and Services
  • Resources regarding careers, internships, graduate and professional school, education abroad and job opportunities.
  • Assistance with questions on financial aid, scholarship and money management.
  • Advocacy service, when appropriate, for the needs of multicultural students as defined by the College.
  • Diversity training.
  • Conflict resolution and other interpersonal matters.
  • Development of study skills, time management and test-taking strategies.
  • Obtaining tutorial assistance.
  • Programs and activities that address campus climate issues, socio-cultural isolation and other non-academic topics.
  • Identity development workshops.
  • Leadership training.
  • Program planning and development skills

Olivet College students are encouraged to join many of our student multicultural organizations, including the Black Student Union.

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Women and Gender Resources

The Betsy Dole Women’s Resource Center supports, educates, empowers and celebrates gender inclusivity. Through a variety of programs and resources, the Center promotes an understanding of equality issues, contributions and challenges facing genders in today’s society.

The Center is located in Mott Academic building, Room 111. The Center is open for studying and group meetings from 3-9 p.m. several days during the week. It’s a quiet, safe space to simply relax, read and talk.

Programming

Programming at the Center focuses on issues relevant to college students. We participate in the White House’s “It’s On Us” initiative, and the Center regularly presents programming around Title IX issues. A student advisory board helps create and execute other programming appealing to both women and men, including Open Mic nights, panel presentations on topics such as body acceptance/positivity and gender stereotypes, and annual events like a scavenger hunt during Women’s History Month (March) and the observance of Equal Pay Day.

The Center is home to the Olivet College Chapter of the National Organization for Women. This group of students works within the framework of NOW’s five priority issues, members advocate for and take action on gender equity issues. The Center works with other student groups, such as the Black Student Union and the Common Ground, in programming and presentations.

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