June 7, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Kylie Stamm has been named assistant director of diversity and inclusion at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Stamm joins the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) having recently earned a Master of Arts in College Student Development, Student Affairs, from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. In her program she served as a graduate intern in Multicultural Student Development, developing multicultural leadership curriculum, presentations and activities; training master’s level and doctoral professionals to lead a three-day social justice retreat for undergraduates; and advising undergraduates in implementing a two-day social justice conference.
At Appalachian State she also served as a graduate assistant in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, advisor to the Asian Student Association, and practicum graduate intern in the Office of Student Conduct.
“I’ve worked closely with inspiring students, faculty and staff, which has given me the opportunity to learn by listening to their stories and sharing my own in return,” said Stamm. “As an Asian-American woman, my life experiences and identities give me a unique lens to approach my work. While I cannot understand the experiences of others, I have some perspective and empathy for those from underrepresented populations that can help shape my interactions with and support for others.”
Stamm earned a bachelor’s degree at James Madison University in Virginia and worked as an admissions counselor at James Madison before entering graduate school.
“Providing students with support through their college experience is critical, and it inspires my passion for student affairs work every day,” she said. “ODI provides resources for students to find community with individuals who may have shared experiences, to engage in programs that are more intentionally created to enhance their experiences, to have a space for them to feel validated, and to find mentor opportunities with staff in our office. I’m excited to help serve such a crucial mission.”