Success in college isn’t just marked by good grades and graduation. Joining an organization
is a great way to make friends and find a sense of belonging.
Follow your interests, find friends, and learn leadership skills from a choice of
120+ student organizations - whether academic, activist, athletic, cultural, government, fraternity & sorority
life, media, music, spiritual or volunteer affiliations.
Many students find their home on campus in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. ODI
is dedicated to the promotion of a campus community that appreciates, encourages,
and celebrates diversity. They do this by advocating for students, creating spaces
for cultural celebration, promoting leadership development, and providing opportunities
for education and reflection about multicultural identities, privilege, and gender
issues as well as topics on different world views. Every year, ODI hosts Lavender Graduation, Multicultural Graduation, and numerous Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) events to educate the campus community. Other programming ODI provides include the Peer
Mentorship Program and Summer Enrichment Program.
The Peer Mentoring Program is designed to support first-year, underrepresented students in their transition
to IWU by providing a student mentor who will provide support and guidance and programs
and activities that will enhance students’ social and personal adjustment to IWU.
Summer Enrichment Program is open to current Illinois Wesleyan students of color and international students.
As participants of the program, students have a paid internship, learn from formal
training workshops and work on a summer-long project servicing the Bloomington-Normal
While internships are not required for many degree programs at IWU, they are beneficial.
Internships provide students with experience in their field of study, are often paid,
can sometimes be counted for course credit, and look great on resumes when applying
for jobs after graduation. The Hart Career Center, your academic advisor, and your professors can help you find an internship or research
opportunity to advance your college experience and career. In a competitive job market,
internships, research, study abroad, and campus involvement can help set candidates
apart from one another, as well as showcasing numerous soft skills (such as time management,
teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving). The Hart Career Center also hosts annual
Career Fairs, Career Immersion Excursion, and the Freeman Asia Internship Program.