Diversity News at Illinois Wesleyan

Summer Enrichment Program Welcomes New Cohort
This summer, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will offer 12 students a local, paid internship through the Summer Enrichment Program.

MLK Day Teach-In to Explore Health Care and Social Justice
Panels and discussion at this year's Teach-In will examine the nation's Affordable Care Act, local challenges in serving the uninsured, and global perspectives on health care.

Annual Gospel Festival to Celebrate MLK
Gospel choirs will celebrate with music at the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Gospel Festival on Monday, Jan. 20.

Interfaith Service Efforts Garner National Recognition
Interfaith community service initiatives at Illinois Wesleyan won recognition in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Inaugural Report.

Galvez Joins Wesleyan in Multicultural Affairs
Eileen Galvez has been named Illinois Wesleyan's assistant director of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Author of Outcasts United to Speak at President's Convocation
Warren St. John, journalist and acclaimed author of the summer reading selection Outcasts United, will speak at President's Convocation on Sept. 4.

Multicultural Students Enrich Their Summer
Twelve students participated in the Summer Enrichment Program, a rigorous 10-week program that focuses on their professional, academic and personal growth.

Summer Reading Outcasts United Raises Awareness
This summer the Illinois Wesleyan community is reading Warren St. John's Outcasts United, which inspires questions about social justice, diversity and globalization.

MLK Teach-In Addresses Prison Reform, Political Prisoners
Invoking the words and ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1966 visit to Wesleyan, a campus teach-in explored human rights issues related to prison reform and political prisoners.

Wesleyan to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Illinois Wesleyan will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a teach-in focused on prison reform and human rights, and the 23rd annual MLK Gospel Festival.

Wesleyan Forges New Ties With Moroccan University
Illinois Wesleyan has announced an agreement with Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco that includes a student exchange program beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

Senior Receives ASIANetwork Honor
Chao Ren '11 won the ASIANetwork’s first annual Marianna McJimsey Award: 2011 Student Paper Competition for his work exploring the celebrated Bengali poet Tagore.

Alumnus Creates Opportunities for Latinos in Chicago
Although he's earned many accolades, for Juan Salgado '91 the real prize is his progress in creating educational and workforce opportunities for Latino communities in Chicago.

Alumnus Welcomes IWU Students to Barcelona Study Abroad Experience
Rich Kurtzman '98 directs the Barcelona Study Abroad Experience, which will partner with the Illinois Wesleyan Barcelona Program in the spring of 2011.

Senior Aims To Bring Lessons from South Africa to Chicago's South Side
First-generation college student Bianca Spratt '11 hopes to use what she learned in a hands-on study abroad experience to become a trailblazer in her Chicago neighborhood.

Robinson Chosen as Peace Fellow
Senior Gwen Robinson has been named the 2010 Peace Fellow at Illinois Wesleyan, and will focus her independent study on violence against women.

International Colloquium Bridges Cultures
A weeklong colloquium at Illinois Wesleyan, which brought scholars from Moscow to explore global experiences of childhood, stimulated the sharing of ideas across borders, languages and cultures.

New Program Engages Diversity at Illinois Wesleyan
A new Engaging Diversity Program offered first-year students the opportunity to have open conversations about race and identity, learning "being color blind is not the answer."

Student Wins Community Partnership Grant
Kristy Hosack '11 won a grant from the University's Action Research Center and State Farm Insurance, which she will use to support outreach efforts for Illinois Wesleyan's "Radio Latino" program on the campus radio station.