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Lake Forest College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
555 N Sheridan Rd
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
(847) 234-3100
School Information
"Lake Forest College, located by Lake Michigan on Chicago’s North Shore, provides access to an outstanding education that gives students a big edge on jobs after graduation. "Our flexible curriculum supports double-majors and minors, and students are also offered unparalleled internships in Chicago, great lab research experience, championship athletics, and study-abroad opportunities. Our outcomes are hard to match: well above 90 percent of our graduates have jobs, were in graduate school, or pursued other chosen opportunities within six months of graduation." The college enrolls over 1,500 students, has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, and offers 32 majors. (Source: (Source:
General Information
The college has launched its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative which includes a mandatory training for students in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), an expanded DEI library collection, and grants to incorporate diversity into the curricula. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • In addition to the "Choose Antiracism" campaign, students themselves provided video responses to the faculty videos.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Faculty committed to a three-year long series titled, "three years of a series entitled "Diversity and Inclusiveness in Teaching" a monthly, hour-long program.
  • Students are now required to take a "mandatory Ever-Fi course on diversity, equity, and inclusion."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the College mission statement on diversity, Lake Forest College requires students to “complete two courses focused on aspects of cultural diversity: one course that addresses issues of domestic pluralism in the United States and one course that explores global perspectives.”
  • The athletic teams and student leaders at Lake Forest College are required to read Ibram X. Kendi’s book, “How to Be an Antiracist.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Lake Forest College requires mandatory courses for the faculty and staff in “Managing Bias” and “Diversity: Inclusion.”
Program and Research Funding
  • Faculty were given grants to "enrich the diversity of the curriculum."
  • The college hosted a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit from March 31 to April 14, 2021.
  • The Department of Education at Lake Forest College has programs with a Social Justice and Anti-Racism Focus that “draws from the social reconstructionist tradition in teacher education” which “directly challenges students to become social reformers and commit to the reconstruction of society through the redistribution of power and other resources.”
  • On April 15, 2021, Lake Forest College Assistant Professor of Business Casandra Batz-Barbarich received an anti-racism grant for her research project on racial segregation and inclusion policies in workplaces.
  • Starting October 23, 2023, the Lake Forest College’s Office of Faculty Development will be offering the “Brown Bag Lunch: Creating Inclusive Classrooms andStudent Spaces” series which “will discuss pedological and pragmatic practices for furthering inclusion and belonging in the classroom and other spaces frequented by students.”
  • On October 18, 2023, the College will host a seminar on Color-Blind Racial Ideology which will “explore how ‘color-blind’ or color-evasive racial ideology can inform STEM instructors’ equity-related beliefs in ways that constrain their ability to disrupt deficit narratives, appropriately support students from racially minoritized backgrounds, and recognize their own responsibility in ameliorating racial injustice in their spheres of influence.”
  • Starting September 16, 2023, the Office of Faculty Development at Lake Forest College will provide a seminar series for faculty on “Developing Anti-Racist Syllabus,” “Developing Anti-Racist Class Content,” and “Developing Anti-Racist Assignments and Assessment.”
  • The College offers a number of workshops on Diversity and Anti-Racist Initiatives including “Self-Advocacy, Cultural Empathy, How to be an Anti-Racist, Moving Past Diversity: Navigating Difficult Conversations Around Equity, Racialized Trauma/Racial Battle Fatigue, and Activism fatigue vs. Racial battle fatigue: A conversation on keeping it together while fighting for change.”
  • On March 31, 2021, Lake Forest College hosted a summit with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Professor RL Watson on How to Be an Antiracist.
  • "The Library has expanded DEI book collection based on recommendations by the OIR."
  • College sponsored a series titled "Choose Antiracism", "a digital library of short educational videos created by College faculty and staff that reflects on each of the chapters from Dr. Ibram Kendi’s work".
  • Lake Forest College conducts regular “What’s Going On” surveys that are “diversity, equity, and inclusion survey assessments of campus departments, offices, and programs.”
Last updated September 30th, 2023
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