Engaging Diversity

Engaging Diversity Students          ED Student in action

Engaging Diversity brings white students to campus early, at the same time as MALANA and International students, in order to have an opportunity to build lasting relationships that value the diversity on our campus and in our community.

This program is ideal for white students who are interested in learning about diversity and social justice in the United States and who are seeking to engage that diversity in their personal and academic lives. 

Students who have completed the program in the past have said:

  • “I think this is a part of the educational process that EVERY incoming first year student should go through!”
  • "I feel like I've learned so much about myself and the viewpoints of others. There were many eye opening experiences and I think those have helped me to be more open to seeing diversity in many forms at IWU."
  • "Engaging Diversity is a program that will help you realize you don't have to be a person of color to discuss racism and prejudice. You will realize every member of our society plays a part of diversity and that it's perfectly fine to be a white person engaging in diversity."

Space may be limited so apply now!  Be sure to also Like our Facebook page!

Questions?: Contact Professor Burke (mburke@iwu.edu)


Tentative Schedule at a Glance - 2016

Saturday, August 20th

  • 9:00 AM - Check-in, Move into residence halls
  • 12:00 PM - Welcome Lunch with MALANA students and families
  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM - Icebreakers with MALANA and International students
  • 2:45 - 4:00 PM - Introductory Session –exploring diversity and social identities
  • 4:00 - 6:00 PM – Teambuilding with MALANA and International students
  • 6:00 - 7:00 PM - Dinner with MALANA and International students
  • 7:00 - 10:00 PM Team shopping excursion to Target

Sunday, August 21st

  • 8:30 - 10:00 AM - Breakfast and Reflections
  • 10:15 - 11:30 PM – What is instutional racism?
  • 11:45 - 1:00 PM - Lunch with MALANA and International students and Cross Cultural Connections student club
  • 1:00 - 4:30 PM - Institutions and Inequalities
  • 4:45 - 5:45 PM – Privilege Walk with MALANA students
  • 5:45 - 7:00 PM - Dinner with MALANA students
  • 7:45 - 8:30 PM – Game Night with International and MALANA students

Monday, August 22nd

  • 8:30 - 10:00 AM - Breakfast and Reflections
  • 10:15 - 12:00 PM – Myths and Facts about College Admissions
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM - Casual Lunch
  • 1:00 - 4:00 PM – Off campus scavenger hunts to Downtown Bloomington and Uptown Normal with International and MALANA Students
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM - Closing activity
  • 6:00 PM - Casual dinner with other Pre-Os

Tuesday, August 23rd

  • Turning Titan: New Student Orientation begins