Student Life

Office of Intercultural Relations

Our campus community has people from nearly every socioeconomic and cultural background. Preparing students for a global community is part of our mission and US News & World Report calls us one of the most diverse colleges in the country.

Lake Forest College students have experiences that develop understanding, respect, and appreciation for the diverse cultures of the community members around them. Students will be prepared to live, work, and serve, respectfully and responsibly, on campus and in the global community.

Our Mission

Intercultural Relations works to promote intercultural dialogue, understanding, and respect among the many cultural identities represented within our diverse community. The office also works to ensure a successful learning experience for our international and first-generation students as well as students from traditionally underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, students of color.

The Office of Intercultural Relations acts as an advocate for international students and students of color regarding classroom, conduct, and residence life issues; collaborates with student organizations to program annual intercultural events; and advises and assists our intercultural and international students and their organizations.

Our Work

Even before classes start, our students feel the extra support our community provides when they attend First Connection, a pre-orientation program that provides an extra cushion for incoming students as they transition to life at Lake Forest College, both within and outside of the classroom. 

The Office of Intercultural Relations provides ample opportunities and programs for students to learn more about the diversity that embraces them at the College. Whether it’s listening to someone on campus share their experiences at Soup and Stories or tapping their feet to the music played at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Program, our community embraces its cultural diversity.

We work to CELEBRATE the cultural identities in our community, EDUCATE about diversity and social justice, and ADVOCATE for inclusion at Lake Forest College. 

News from the Office of Intercultural Relations

  • Jared Fox ’09 has been named the first LGBTQ liaison in the New York City Department of Education.
  • Eboo Patel presented a talk, “Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Faith and Philosophical Diversity in the 21stCentury,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2.
  • More than 100 students had their photos taken in front of a choice of three international city backdrops during the “Picture Yourself Abroad” event.