Students of color at St. Ambrose comprise about 8 percent of a study body of around 3,800. These students, while certainly in touch with their cultural background, continue to explore other cultures and environments. They interact on campus in residence halls, sports teams, student organizations, study abroad and internship programs.
Ambrose's Intercultural Life Office is committed to students of cultures and backgrounds, collaborating on campus-wide events and activities to promote educational, cultural and social growth while preparing them to be productive citizens of a diverse world. No matter your cultural background, there's something offered for everyone, from guest speakers and poetry jams to dessert receptions and career development programs.
- Multicultural Week offers an array of activities for the campus each spring. One highlight is the Diversity Fest, an international celebration of music and dance, food, marital arts and much more.
- Guest presenter Lasana Hotep challenged popular media's depiction of people of color by outlining the economic, social and political factors that contribute to difficulties faced by minority communities.
- "Ain't I a Woman!" was presented at the Galvin Fine Arts Center, offering a unique and powerful musical celebrating the life and times of four powerful African American women.
- The 2012-13 Project Series, Race Matters, examined pressing dilemmas and facilitated difficult conversations on racial justice. Events included lectures (with a kickoff lecture by Cornell West, PhD), films, concerts, artistic performances and exhibits.