Office of Intercultural Relations

Our office strives to create a campus that centers principles of DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging) and combats social inequity. We work to ensure that Lake Forest College students have experiences that develop understanding, respect, and appreciation for the diverse cultures identities of the community members around them.

Students will be prepared to live, work, and serve, respectfully and responsibly, on campus and in the global community.

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Our Mission

The Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) supports the College’s mission to embrace diversity by promoting dialogue, understanding, and respect among the ample identities represented within our campus community. OIR staff work to foster student success for traditionally underrepresented and intentionally marginalized groups including, but not limited to, students of color, first generation students, international students, undocumented students and students identifying as LGBTQ+.

Celebrate, Educate, and Advocate are the three pillars of the Office of Intercultural Relations. We celebrate our culturally diverse community through our signature events and collaborations with campus partners. We educate our community about diversity, inclusion, and social justice through trainings and programs. We advocate for our students regarding all aspects of DEIB and provide opportunities for student empowerment and support.

Our Work

Even before classes start, our students feel the extra support our community provides when they attend First Connection, a pre-orientation program that welcomes incoming students as they transition to life at Lake Forest College, both within and outside of the classroom.

The Office of Intercultural Relations provides ample opportunities and programs for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about the diversity that embraces them at the College. Whether it’s listening to international students share more about their home countries at Global Fest or watching our talented students dance on stage at Blackyard BBQ, our community centers diversity and inclusion.

Contact Us

Office of Intercultural Relations
Rosemary House, South Campus

Marianinna Villavicencio Miranda, PhD
Assistant Director of Intercultural Relations

Sandra Ortiz Siu
Assistant Director, DSO


Blackyard BBQ celebrates Black students and community members.

Afro Dance, Black Men’s Group, Black Women United, Sigmas, Umoja, and United Black Association participated.

Blackyard BBQ was held on the South Campus quad.

All were invited to attend.

The BBQ centers and celebrates Black students and community members.

This event offers Black folx a space to show up authentically.

With good vibes and delicious food, the BBQ was a collaborative event.