Diversity News at Illinois Wesleyan

April in Photos at Illinois Wesleyan
April was full throttle toward the end of the academic year -- presentations, performances, celebrations, competitions, playing, living. So stop for just a moment, and have a look at our month in photos.

University to be Honored for Excellence in Student Programming
Illinois Wesleyan's series of Queer Lives programs won recognition from the Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community of NASPA, the professional organization of student affairs administrators in higher education.

Phi Beta Kappa Scholar to Speak on Frederick Douglass & Photography
Yale professor Laura Wexler will explore Frederick Douglass' hope for the role of photography – then a new invention – in fostering a more democratic society after the Civil War.

Pediatrician Who Exposed Flint Water Crisis to Speak
Mona Hanna-Attisha, who has become a national figure in the ongoing Flint water crisis, will present Illinois Wesleyan's Founders' Day address on Feb. 15.

Gospel Festival to Honor King's Legacy
The 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival will feature performances by some of the area's leading gospel groups.

MLK Teach-In to Explore Social Justice and Women's Power
Barbara Smith, who has sparked national dialogue on the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender, will speak at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In.

Buschman '17 Honored as 2016 Lincoln Laureate

Senior Paige Buschman has been named a 2016 Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in recognition of excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

University to Receive Diversity and Inclusion Award
Illinois Wesleyan will be honored for celebrating and creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment by NASPA, the professional association of student affairs administrators.

Student-Designed Mural Tells Story of Joy and Struggle
Art major Lucy Sanchez designed and painted a mural entitled "La Lucha de Colores" ("The Struggle of Colors") for the Multicultural Center on campus.

Theme Invites Discussion of Women's Power, Women's Justice
Illinois Wesleyan's campus community will wrestle with notions surrounding the intellectual theme "Women's Power, Women's Justice" in classes and in co-curricular programming during the 2016-17 academic year.

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.