Our Mission

The Office of Intercultural Affairs works to promote the open exchange of ideas, cross-cultural collaboration, and respect for all among the many diverse identities and perspectives represented within our campus community. The office also works to ensure a successful holistic learning experience for our students from historically underrepresented identities and backgrounds, including but not limited to, students of color, first-generation students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ students.

Intercultural Affairs provides a broad spectrum of institutional resources to help students explore various co-curricular interests and cultural identities. The Office seeks to provide a forum where important issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion can enrich Grinnell's global community. The department enthusiastically collaborates with students, faculty, staff and external constituents to enhance the core College's core values of intellectual excellence, social justice, and diversity. Grinnell College honors the individual identities of thriving young people who richly impact the greater college environment and ultimately the world.

Our Work

Even before classes start, our students feel the extra support our community provides when they attend the Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Program (PCPOP), a pre-orientation program that provides support for incoming students as they transition to life at Grinnell, both within and outside of the classroom.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs provides multiple opportunities and programs for the entire campus community to learn more about the diversity in perspective, experience, and identity of which our campus community is comprised. Whether it’s listening to someone on campus share their experiences at a Posse Plus Retreat, attending a lecture series on activism from around the world, or volunteering in communities around the country, Intercultural Affairs works to impress upon all members of our community to live our core value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in real time.

Intercultural Goals

  • Educational, social and cultural programming in collaboration with other campus departments and organizations
  • Collaborate with office and groups to coordinate multiple layers of student support
  • Set retention goals to minimize student challenges both in and outside of the classroom setting


Quarrat Ann Kadwani will play 13 characters in her one-woman, autobiographical play ‘They Call Me Q’ at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23.

Take part in an interactive art project designed to celebrate human uniqueness and connections.