Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity Statement

Abolitionists from Kentucky, members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) founded Eureka College. They believed in an education infused with values such as equity and leadership as the foundation. Chartered by the Illinois Legislature in 1855, Eureka was the first college in the state and third in the nation to admit men and women on an equal basis.


To uphold its founding principles, Eureka College is actively committed to integrating inclusive excellence into the fabric of its existence by creating a culture that welcomes cultural differences, recognizes commonalities, and promotes equity, inclusion, and diversity. We commit to providing a safe space for the voices of historically underserved, under resourced, and marginalized populations, believing firmly that diversity results in a multitude of ideas, creativity, and innovation. By fostering an environment of inclusivity, we create a safe and welcome space where all individuals feel valued, respected, and empowered. We recognize that diversity is not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, but encompasses a broad spectrum of identities and experiences.


At Eureka College, we actively promote dialogue, understanding, and collaboration across differences. Together, we can build a brighter future that embraces the historic and inclusive past of Eureka College, the brighter future that embraces the richness of our differences and celebrates the strength of our shared humanity.