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 marginalized identities and backgrounds, including but not limited to, students of color, first-generation students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ students.

Our Work

Even before classes start, our students become a part of our community when they attend the Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Program (PCPOP), a pre-orientation program that provides a community-building opportunity for incoming students as they transition to life at Grinnell.

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 learning from social justice leaders at conferences, 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 Leadership Learning Outcomes

  • Heal: Students will learn behaviors and techniques to improve wellness and build resilience against various forms of oppression.
  • Relate: Students will identify and implement strategies to cultivate a sense of belonging within Grinnell's communities by building meaningful relationships with students, staff, and faculty of all backgrounds.
  • Learn: Students will pursue diverse forms of knowledge and think critically about identity, culture, and the global context of social justice to develop their authentic self.
  • Educate: Students will demonstrate inclusive communication skills to effectively listen, relfect, and engage in co-intentional education around topics of identity, culture, and the global context of social justice issues.
  • Organize: Students will identify and develop strategies to organize interdisciplinary and comprehensive ways of working toward social justice.


Damani Phillips uses musical performances to illustrate influence of African American music on the Civil Rights movement.

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