Student Life

Education and Training

Intergroup Dialogue Courses

In partnership with the Ethics Center, the Office of Intercultural Relations now offers two .5 credit courses, which provide the opportunity for students to engage in meaningful discussion of controversial, challenging, and divisive issues in society related to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexuality. Dialogue: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion (ETHC 250) is offered in the fall semester and Dialogue: Gender Identity (ETHC 252) is offered in the spring semester.

The Ally Program

The Ally Program involves students, faculty, and staff who have had specialized training to be a resource and support for all members of the Lake Forest College community. After completing training, Allies will have a symbol (placard) placed in their area of residence (students) or work (faculty/staff) that will identify them as individuals who have special skills and training around issues of culture and diversity, and as individuals who are well versed with a wide variety of College resources.

Training for new members of the Ally Program is held each semester.

Hot Topic Tuesday: A space for dialogue among Foresters

Hot Topic Tuesday is a bi-weekly series that seeks to provide a space for dialogue on current issues in the United States and around the world. Hot Topic Tuesday dialogues are open to all members of the Lake Forest College community. We meet in Cleveland Young International Center at Noon on the first and third Tuesday of each month during the academic year. Lunch is provided. 

Diversity and Inclusion Training By Request

The Office of Intercultural Relations provides diversity and inclusion training for student organizations or campus departments by request. Contact Jasmin Robinson at to learn more or to request one of the workshops listed below.

Intent vs Impact: How to recognize and respond to Microaggressions?

Unpacking and Uprooting Privilege

Who am I? Exploring Our Social Identities

Intercultural Retreat

The Intercultural Retreat is an annual program designed to build community among Lake Forest College students through discussions about the roles various aspects of cultural identity play in the community on an individual and institutional level. Additionally, students have the opportunity to think critically and dialogue about the implications of privilege and power on themselves, the Lake Forest College community, and their place in the global landscape.