Diversity News at Illinois Wesleyan

Illinois Wesleyan to Host Summit on Colorblind Racism
Alumna Charlene Carruthers '07, a nationally recognized voice on racial justice, will be the keynote speaker at a summit bringing together the community and scholars on contemporary racism.

Illinois Wesleyan to Launch New Recruitment Initiative in New Orleans
Illinois Wesleyan is partnering with The Posse Foundation, a national college access and leadership development program, to recruit high-achieving high school students from the New Orleans area.

Common Promoted to Assistant Dean of Students
Brandon Common, who has led the Office of Diversity and Inclusion since 2014, has been promoted to Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life at Illinois Wesleyan.

Gardner '89 Publishes Book on Civil War-Era African American Literature
A new book by alumnus Eric Gardner '89, Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture, explores the lives of subscribers to the country's oldest black periodical.

Meet the Class of 2019
Our newest Titans come to Illinois Wesleyan with a variety of talents and skills, from small towns in Illinois to megacities in China and Pakistan. We introduce a few of them.

Illinois Wesleyan Receives High Rating for Efforts to Create Inclusive Community

Illinois Wesleyan University has received a 4-star rating on the Campus Pride Index for its inclusion efforts around sexual and gender identity. 

"Nation(s) Divided?" Selected as Intellectual Theme
Illinois Wesleyan's theme for the academic year invites us to transcend borderlands in the ways we think about others and ourselves.

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.

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.