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.
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.