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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

College of DuPage values the innovation, creativity and richness of our college community. We believe our strengths lie not only in the talents and skills each of us brings, but also in the unique perspectives born from our diverse backgrounds. We recognize the importance of fostering and embracing a culture of inclusion and we are dedicated to creating a space for learning that enriches the lives of our students, employees and the community. These efforts aim to unite us as One COD. 

At COD, we are proud to offer a wide range of programs, resources and opportunities for students and employees. The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) website provides links to DEIB-related resources. This is one way we aim to foster a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives, experiences and challenges. We believe a strong community is not one that never disagrees but one that is empowered with tools to work toward mutual understanding. 

Through our collective hard work, open dialogue and dedication to best practices, we are intentional in creating a culture of care and belonging that not only represents the best of who we are as individuals, but also the essence of our college community. 

College of DuPage Equity Statement

Student access and success in higher education continue to be impacted by the effects of systemic inequities. 

College of DuPage believes in the right to a high-quality education in an equitable and inclusive environment. 

Through intentional design, the College will ensure that each student receives the information, resources, and supports necessary to achieve their educational goals. Learn more about the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative.

At COD, we strive for excellence in creating an educational community where everyone belongs by following these definitions:


Encompasses the multidimensional aspects of human identity, culture and experience.


A culture of belonging and empowerment where all people are welcomed, valued and celebrated for their contributions.


The removal of barriers to empower all to achieve their goals.


Encompasses the feeling of being valued, accepted and connected to a group or organization. 

Message from Chief Organizational Culture Officer, Dr. Nevien Shaabneh

Dr. Nevien Shaabneh

Dr. Nevien Shaabneh

In order to facilitate meaningful connections and streamline the process of accessing information, we created the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) website. In pursuit of this goal, COD wants to enhance accessibility to resources and foster a sense of community and belonging.
By empowering individuals with knowledge that fosters a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives, experiences and challenges, we can foster an environment where each student and employee is acknowledged and embraced for their unique contributions. 

Support for Students

College of DuPage is committed to greater equity, diversity and inclusion of underrepresented populations in our campus community through the development of proactive, strategic, and sustained initiatives.

Student Club Contact Information
Club Advisor Email
Asian Student Association Naheed Rouf 
ASL Club Adam Wasilewski 
Black Student Alliance David Swope
Casa de Amigos Elizabeth Mares
Feminist Alliance Lori Klose
German Club Miglena Nikolova
International Student Club Gabi Carr
Japanese Culture Club Shingo Satsutani
Latinos Unidos Elizabeth Gomez De La Casa
Muslim Student Association Sameena Parveen
Seoul of COD (Korean Club) Miran Lee





Elyse Pelzer
Sheryl Ebersold
Michael Duggan
Jennie Nicodem 
Danise McGrath


Pride Alliance  Lauren Chlebanowski
CIAO – Italian Club  Anna Serrano


Promotion of Underrepresented Minorities in Academic STEM 

(PUMA Stem Club)


Susan Fenwick
Emily Whitis
Model United Nations  David Goldberg
Employee Committee Contact Information
Committee Contact Email
Safe Zone Michael Duggan
Global Education on Campus Shamili Ajgaonkar
Africa and African Diaspora Robert Moorehead



Naheed Rou
Maria Ritzema

European Studies Miglena Nikolova



Latin American Studies 

Tim Arroyo
Elizabeth Gómez de la Casa


Middle East

Leslie Wolf

Native American Studies

John Paris


Contact Information

Nevien Shaabneh, Chief Organizational Culture Officer; Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
ILEA Team Chair

Student Resource Center (SRC) 2137
Email: shaabnehn@cod.ed
(630) 942-2211