Diversity & Inclusion

You belong here. All are welcome.

Whether you’re a prospective student, current student, a proud Monmouth graduate, faculty or staff member, or a member of the larger Monmouth community: regardless of your race, sexual orientation, gender, country of origin, or degree of physical ableness, you have a home here.

Because it’s your home, our goal is to make you feel safe and welcome. We vow to listen and take action when you need us. We will not tolerate intolerance in any shape or whenever or however it appears. We see you and we stand with you.

Resources for everyone

Several clubs and organizations are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. At the academic level, we have programs such as our Center for Civic and Social Change and our minor in Peace, Ethics, and Social Justice.

The Office of Intercultural Life is here to meet the needs of under-represented American students and international students at Monmouth.

We are stronger because of our differences

And we expect that strength to be honored, nourished and respected. We encourage tough conversations grounded in compassion and understanding. We’ll make sure your voice is never silenced. We encourage you to use your voice and seek new ways to let it be heard.

A proud history, with work to do

When Monmouth was founded, our early leaders made the decision to admit women and students of color. We are proud our founders took that stand. We seek to learn from their example, to continue to make just decisions, to stand up and speak out when circumstances demand we do so. Even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard.

The Monmouth of today is more diverse than you might think, especially for a midsize town in the Midwest – 35 percent of our students are American minorities and international students. We’re proud that our students from different backgrounds make a home here, and we actively seek ways to support them. Our work is far from done. We are listening and learning along the way. 

Our Commitment 

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group embodies the Monmouth College commitment to a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environment for all members of our community. By researching best practices and making individual and institutional recommendations it gathers the voices of our College and turns them into action.

Our members include:

Regina Johnson – co-chair Mark Willhardt
Roger Haynes Hannah Maher
Michelle Merritt Dan Ott
Teri Ott Tim Pahel
Trudi Peterson Jennifer Thorndike