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Center for Intercultural Life


Tianna Cervantez

Director of Multicultural Student Advisement

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



A view of campus from above.

A Space Thriving for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity


Diversity is an important part of the Knox experience, as diversity is one of the core values of Knox. Drawing from 48 states and 51 countries, Knox's student body is a wonderful mix of cultures and backgrounds. The Center for Intercultural Life works to meet the needs and concerns of multicultural students, women, and international students. The Center for Intercultural Life is part of the Knox College Office of Student Development. The Center for Intercultural Life is located at 523 S. West Street, which is across from Simons Residence Hall.

It is the mission of the center to be a safe space for all students of color, a central hub for them to relax, work, hold events, and meet with the staff that reside within the building. The center is a resource to the diverse student body, a place that they can not find solace in but feel like their existence matters on the Knox College Campus. For some, home is far away and the Center for Intercultural Life strives to be the home away from home.

Along with advising students of color on campus, the Center for Intercultural life works with the cultural clubs and religious clubs on campus. The staff he here to regulate as well as help groups through ideas, tough times, and the general inter-workings of their club. Frequent meetings with the exec boards and constant check-ups on the status of the clubs, the center is there for them to use a resource and connection with the broader audience on campus. The center becomes a conduit for each group's progression to attract and obtain the attendance, views, and perspectives of the general student body. Essentially, these clubs know that they are not only in the endeavors of creating programs and achieving their overall goal.

Open to all students on campus the center is a special to resource to students here at Knox. Make an appointment, take a seat on the couches, learn about the diversity on campus, or just stop by to say "hi" to the staff. The center is in existence for the student. 

Meet The Staff:

Tianna Cervantez

Director of Multicultural Student Advisement -- Tianna is the advisor for students of color and deals with issues of all kinds. She is willing to see any student that is having trouble at the institution. Aside from her advising work, Tianna serves on a number of boards and handles other various jobs concerning the student body's diversity and inclusivity. One of the hardest working women on the Knox campus, she does her best to be there for the students and keep the student's efforts, emotions, and success in mind.

BA., Anthropology-Sociology, Knox College

A.M., Policy Analysis and Advocacy; Violence Prevention, 
University of Chicago, SSA
Hobbies: Spending time with family, going to the movies and reading.

"I like being at Knox because the environment challenges you to become not only a better student, but a better person."

Yesi Rodriguez

Student Worker for the Center of Intercultural Life 

Pursuing B.A.

Involvement: TRIO participant, Lo Nuestro Co-Vice President, Track and Field runner, Schuler Campus Ambassador and Business Club

Hobbies: I like to shop, listen to music, work and spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy going to the beach!

"The family environment that we are in. I feel like many people on campus feel like family and I can go to without any trouble when I have problems. Knox has become like a home away from home!"

Jamal Nelson

Leadership Development and Programmer at the CIL (temporarily)- A new position within the Center for Intercultural Life office, Jamal is stationed to help out with thec cultural clubs as well as assist them within any of the ideas, plans, and execution of their year long programming on campus. He is charged with making sure that the student leaders think beyond tradition and come up with new ways to connect with the student body at large. 

B.A., English Lit & minor in Educational Policy, Knox College

Hobbies: Listening to music, comic books (almost anything in that area, sketching plus any other forms of art, writing, and watching movies).

"No matter how much struggle and strife that I have had over my time at Knox, I could not think of a better place to learn who I want to be. I had to be able to look past the smoke and mirrors of life and see the truth, not only about myself but with situations, peers, and family." 

Resources for Students 

The Center for Intercultural Life provides information for students of color that is worth exploring. If there are any questions, updates, or thoughts about what could be offered for students on campus through the center, feel free to contact Tianna Cervantez or Jamal Nelson. Both are willing to listen to what students want to see the CIL doing for them. On the left side of the page there are linked pages to resources for students of color to use and explore. The Multicultural Student Resources page is a link for all students of color (international included) and it is has a list of programs, scholarships, clubs and organizations, and other resources for the students of color. This is an active resource for students who want to know what can they do on campus to get involved and to gain new experiences.

The International Student Resources page is tailored toward the multicultural student who is not a citizen of the U.S. or has dual citizenship in the U.S. and in another country. Purpose of the page is to give those students of color the information that they need to be successful and functioning members of the Knox College community. Forms, clubs and organizations, and other resources are located on the page for the international student.  

These two links are to be great resources for the growing diverse population on the campus and if there are any problems, concerns, or ideas stop by the CIL or email Tianna or Jamal. This Center is for the student body to use and so in any way that the student body wants to contribute to it's progression and adaptability they have the freedom to voice their opinion. 

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