John A. Logan College recognizes that an ethnically, racially and culturally diverse composition of students and faculty enhances the education of all students and we, as educators, have a responsibility to provide a variety of learning opportunities which will prepare our students for success in a global environment.

We submit that inclusive excellence extends direct and indirect benefits to our college community through a free exchange of ideas and perspectives, and a deeper empathy and respect for those of different racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Our faculty, staff, administration and students are encouraged to support learning by expanding the opportunity and quality of diverse encounters and experiences.

Diverse learning environments positively affect students’ critical thinking skills, their civic commitment, and their preparation for work in a global environment. In order to enrich the lives of those in our community, John A Logan college is committed to the advancement of equity and firmly grounded in allegiance to our core values of service, responsibility, respect, compassion and integrity.

Upcoming Events

January 23th, 2020, Room E142 
“Dream Out Loud” Open House 
Diversity and Inclusion will celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday with a welcome and open house titled “Dream Out Loud”. 

Black History Month - Keynote Presentation: 
Topic: Re-Imagining Young Adult Justice (Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Speaker Program) 
Date: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 
Time: 11:00 -12:00 noon 
Room: Batteau and Ivey 
Presenter: Ms. Elizabeth Clarke, Ms. Betsy Clarke is the founder and President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative. 

February 26th, 2020 Batteau & TDR 
Diversity and Inclusion “Dream Out Loud” Entertainment Showcase - This is a wonderful opportunity for participants from JALC and the community to share creative expressions in the visual and performing arts and to deepen their understanding of the creativity, artistic and cultural expressions of the diverse racial and ethnic communities from which the college draws. The JALC Community has talented participants, so come and enjoy the show. We will have an essay contest, art contest, oratorical contest and an interpretive dance of peace contest. 

Also, the 2020 Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship Writing entry will be selected from the essay contest for this event. The Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) provides this scholarship ($1,000.00) to the student who best articulates the peaceful messages of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All students at ICCTA member colleges are eligible to participate in the competition. John A. Logan College is a member and may submit one entry per academic year. Students interested must participate in the “Dream Out Loud” essay or oratorical contest in order to be selected to participate and represent JALC at the state level of the competition to win the $1000.00 scholarship competition. 

2020 ICCTA Gandhi / King Peace Scholarship - Nomination Form

Women’s History Month Commemoration - March 24th, 2020, 11:00 – 1:00 PM Batteau & TDR 
Theme: Valiant Women of the Vote 

World Music and Food Day April 15th, 2020 Conference Center 

National Society of Leadership and Success Induction May 6, 2020, Batteau & TDR 

Multicultural Perspectives Series (MPS): 
For our Spring MPS programming, we are offering a Diversity Book (Reading) Club. We will focus on authors and works that promote critical thinking within the realm of diversity and inclusion. The book club will host a discussion based on the themes and topics in the selected books. A list of books will be available. 

This book club will offer an informal atmosphere for consciousness raising and collective intellectual engagement (just like the Multicultural Perspective Series). 

January 29 is our inaugural event: Discussion at 11:00 – 12:00 PM, Room-Terrace Dining Room (McCollum room) 

February – Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 
Dates: Monday, February 24th, 2020 & Thursday, February 27th, 2020, Room C123A 

March – How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent by Julia Alvarez 
Dates: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2020 & Thursday, March 23rd, 2020, Room C123A 

April – Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt 
Dates: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 & Thursday, April 23rd, 2020, Room C123A 

May – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie 
Dates: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 & Thursday, May 7th, 2020, Room C123A  

Past Events

Multicultural Perspective Series: Belonging and Creating the Best and Meaningful Community/ies for Success and Viability 
Click here to view an image of the flyer for this event.

INCLUSIVE EMBRACE: A Paradigm of Universal Design
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
JALC Room E147
PRESENTER: Dr. Bea Awoniyi

World Music & Food Day
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10am - 2pm
Main Entrance, Skylight Lounge & Conference Center, John A. Logan College