Common To Lead Newly Named Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Aug. 8, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Brandon Common has been named director of the newly renamed Office
of Diversity and Inclusion at Illinois Wesleyan University. The office was formerly
the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA).
OMSA’s purpose historically was to aid in the success of minority students through
advocacy, education and programming. As Illinois Wesleyan has become increasingly
diverse, these efforts have become more important.
By renaming the office and creating programs for a broader range of student populations,
the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will promote a campus community that appreciates,
encourages and celebrates diversity, University officials said.
Specifically ODI will pay particular attention to the experiences and needs of underrepresented
and marginalized groups on campus, including but not limited to: Multiracial, African-American,
Latina(o), Native American, Asian-American, LBGTQ, First Generation, and Women. Common
will direct efforts to educate, advocate and program with the purpose of better preparing
students to thrive in an increasingly diverse and global society. Eileen Galvez, who
joined Illinois Wesleyan in 2013, continues as assistant director of ODI. Common and
Galvez explain ODI’s broadening role in a video on their website.
Common most recently served as assistant director of fraternity and sorority affairs
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His accomplishments in this role
included revamping the curriculum for the President’s Leadership Academy, developing
risk management policies for the Black Greek and United Greek Councils, and designing
the curriculum and program for the first Black Greek Summit.
The new director recently earned a Ph.D. at Illinois. He received a master’s degree
at Ohio University, where he served as peer mentor and advisor to the LINKS program
that aids in the transition and success of first-year multicultural and disproportionately
represented students. A native of St. Louis, Common earned a bachelor’s degree from
the University of Missouri.