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The Office of Diversity and Intercultural Life

The Office of Diversity and Intercultural Life

The Office of Diversity and Intercultural Life (ODIL) at North Park University in Chicago aims to create a campus community that helps students of all backgrounds to feel welcome and included. Working with cultural clubs, student success programming, and promoting student advocacy are just a few ways we engage our students in pursuing lives of significance and service. Visit The Collaboratory North Park’s diversity center, located on the first floor of Sohlberg Hall.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Students can contact and meet with ODIL professional staff members, Sharee Myricks and Marcus Payne II, via email, phone or video conference (Zoom) during summer and fall 2020.

While the campus is conducting virtual learning to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the NPU Diversity Center, located in Sohlberg Hall’s first floor known as The Collaboratory, will be closed to all visitors for summer 2020.

For campus-wide updates visit www.northpark.edu/covid-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please follow the Office of Diversity social media on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for updates.

Yes! The Diversity Office Clubs are conducted meetings and events by virtual methods such as Phone, Zoom, Skype, Google Chat, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, GoToMeeting, or FreeConferenceCall.com.

Diversity Office Clubs leaders should schedule a meeting with Marcus Payne II to make final plans regarding meetings before their occurrence.

Any events planned for Fall 2020 will occur virtually and not occur in The Collaboratory space.

Please check our social media sites for event offerings.

Welcome from the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Life!

Greetings Vikings! Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Life website. We are so happy you are a member of our institution!

The Office of Diversity and Intercultural Life (ODIL) strives to develop a culture of intentional interculturalism for our NPU students. Our professional team includes Director of ODIL Sharee L. Myricks and Interim Assistant Director of ODIL Marcus Payne, II (NPU C’18).

Just a little about us — The Office of Diversity and Intercultural Life at NPU aims to create a campus community that helps students of all backgrounds to feel welcome and included. Working with cultural clubs, student success programming, and promoting student advocacy are just a few ways we engage our students in pursuing lives of significance and service. Visit NPU’s diversity center, known as The Collaboratory, located on the first floor of Sohlberg Hall. Director Myricks and Interim Assistant Director Payne, II are also located in Sohlberg Hall, offices 106 and 107 respectfully, right next to The Collaboratory.

As part of ODIL’s mission to encourage greater integration of in-class and out-of-class for students, we invite students to become involved with one or more Diversity Office Clubs! Many of the organizations below hold their meetings and events in The Collaboratory.

Again, welcome to the ODIL website!

Sharee Myricks, Director of ODIL
Marcus Payne, Interim Assistant Director of ODIL

Diversity Office Clubs

As part of our mission to encourage greater integration of in-class and out-of-class student life, we invite you to get involved with one or more of these student groups.

Get Involved!

See what our Diversity Office Clubs are up to by attending events, meetings, or being an active member of an organization.

On myNPU-Engage you can view a complete list of our Registered Student Organizations (RSO) via the Organization Directory, a list of RSO Events and Activities or, contact Diversity Office Club officers directly through their organization page.

Cultural and Heritage Months

ODIL will celebrate the recognized awareness months and week(s) for the NPU community below. Cultural and heritage months educate and raise understanding regarding the heritage and history of cultures, groups, or causes. These are not trivialized recognitions, but intentional intercultural celebrations which reflect the NPU diverse student body.

ODIL and Diversity Office Clubs will provide programming, commentary, and resources to promote these selected intercultural observances and commemorative months/weeks. We hope you join us!

Fall 2020

• Hispanic/Latin American Heritage Month: Sept 15 – Oct 15
• LGBTQ+ History Month: Oct 1 – 31
• PRIDE Week (sponsored by Queers & Allies): October 5 – 11
• Un-Documented Week: November 2 – 6
• Native Americans/Indigenous/First Nations Heritage Month: November 1 – 30
• Interfaith Cultural Month: December 1 – 31

Spring 2021

• Black History Month: Feb 1 – 28
• Womxn’s History Month: March 1 – 31
• Disability Awareness Month: April 1 – 30
• Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April 1 – 30
• Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: May 1 – 30*

*ODIL has reserved May for this month, while nationally celebrated in June.

ODIL on Social Media

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