Diversity News at Illinois Wesleyan

MALANA Graduating Seniors Honored at Multicultural Graduation
Forty-three graduating seniors participated in Multicultural Graduation on April 15, hosted by the Illinois Wesleyan Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Kooken and Brown-Ajayi Earn Inaugural Inclusive Excellence Awards
Wendy Kooken and Sharla Brown-Ajayi have been named 2018 recipients of the inaugural President’s Award for Inclusive Excellence at Illinois Wesleyan.

LSMCE Partnership Aims to Advance Minority Students in STEM
Building upon a shared interest in broadening participation of underrepresented minority students in STEM fields, Illinois Wesleyan has partnered with the Louis Stokes Midwest Center for Excellence (LSMCE).

Inaugural Unity Gala Brings Campus Community Together
The Black Faculty-Staff Association (BFSA), the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and several RSOs invited the Illinois Wesleyan community to dress up and dance the night away at the first-ever Unity Gala.

Ames Library Additions Highlight Social Justice
Two new additions to The Ames Library collection were unveiled in a dedication Wednesday in conjunction with Black History Month.

MLK Teach-In to Examine Housing Equity as a Civil Right
The evolution of access to quality affordable housing as a civil rights issue is the theme of this year's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In on Monday, Jan. 15.

Gospel Festival to Honor King's Legacy
Some of the area’s leading gospel groups will perform at Illinois Wesleyan on Monday, Jan. 15 at the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival.

$15,000 Scholarship Grant from the Consulado General de México Awarded to IWU
A $15,000 scholarship grant to support students of Mexican origin or Mexican descent has been presented to Illinois Wesleyan University by the Consulado General de México en Chicago.

Meet the IWU Class of 2021
Illinois Wesleyan welcomed approximately 420 new students in one of its most diverse entering classes for a week of Turning Titan orientation activities beginning Aug. 22.

Author on Complexity of Race to Speak at President's Convocation
Award-winning author Jelani Cobb will speak on "The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today" at Illinois Wesleyan's President's Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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.