The IACD has been part of Western Illinois University’s Expanding Cultural Diversity Project and was founded in 1991 to:

  • Further awareness and understanding of the value of cultural diversity, particularly among educators and students, through:

    • Networking and professional development opportunities
    • Research and scholarship in cultural diversity
    • Curriculum and instructional development
    • Leadership in cultural diversity, social justice, and equity initiatives
  • Help students, educators, and community members acquire the consciousness and competencies they need to communicate and interact effectively within a culturally diverse world and to work toward social justice and equity.