Patterson to Direct Office of Diversity and Inclusion
July 19, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Kwame Patterson has been named director of Illinois Wesleyan University’s
Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), replacing Greta Franklin as she takes on a new role as director of the Office
of Multicultural Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Patterson received a Bachelor of Science in health education from Eastern Illinois
University, where he later earned a master's in science in college student affairs.
In his time at IWU, Patterson has managed projects relating to campus inclusiveness
through his supervision of residential assistants (RAs), work with the Rainbow Floor in Pfeiffer, redesign of the Multicultural Educator position in ORL and responsibilities as co-advisor for the newly established Male
of Color RSO.
As director of ODI, Patterson said he looks forward to continuing to lead initiatives
that foster a greater inclusive environment in the campus community.
“I am especially excited about the opportunity to work with ODI's newest initiative,
the Peer Mentoring Program,” said Patterson. “Additionally, I hope to continue to
make IWU a haven for students, faculty and staff to engage in conversation on topics
centered around diversity and inclusion.”
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to promote diversity that reflects the
increasingly diverse and global society that students will encounter throughout their
lives. By paying particular attention to the experiences and needs of underrepresented
and marginalized students, ODI services student populations including but not limited
to: multiracial, African American, Latino/a-Hispanic, Native American, Asian American,
lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer (LBGQ), first-generation students, transgender non-conforming
(TGNC) and women.