Diversity News at Illinois Wesleyan

Illinois Wesleyan Dedicates Multifaith Space 'Open to All'

Illinois Wesleyan has created a new Multifaith Meditation Room described as "a concrete example of what it means to be diverse and inclusive."

Lowenthal ’16 Investigates Masculine Identity in “Gangsta Rap”
First interested in black identity as represented by the enslaved African-American man in American novels, Mellon Scholar Anna Lowenthal '16 is exploring the influence of rap artists.

Students Seek to 'Engage Diversity' in Record Numbers
Perhaps driven in part by ongoing unrest from events in Ferguson and Baltimore, a record number of entering students enrolled in Wesleyan's pre-orientation Engaging Diversity program.

Students in Summer Enrichment Program Gain Skills, Knowledge
Students selected for the Summer Enrichment Program worked independently at internship placements, and worked together to build their leadership skills and understanding of pressing social justice issues.

Ceremony Honors Youth Academic Achievement
More than 1,300 Bloomington-Normal youth were honored at the annual Minority Academic Achievement Recognition Ceremony, co-hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University.

Amerson '17 Wins "Emerging Leader" Scholarship
Avery Amerson '17, a leader of the IWU Pride Alliance, was awarded a scholarship from the National Society of Leadership and Success.

New Participants Chosen for Summer Enrichment Program
This summer 12 Illinois Wesleyan students will focus on professional and personal growth as part of the Summer Enrichment Program.

Spanish Immersion School Brings New Opportunities to Area Children
This summer, Illinois Wesleyan will offer a Saturday program aimed at promoting early second language acquisition.

Gospel Fest to Honor King's Legacy
Illinois Wesleyan will host the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival on Monday, Jan. 19.

MLK Day Teach-In on Voting Rights and Social Justice
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In will examine voting rights, including a debate between College Republicans and College Democrats on whether Illinois should adopt a voter ID law.

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.