Learn more about yourself and others when you intentionally build relationships with people who are different from you. Opportunities to explore diversity and engage in inclusion at Wesleyan are as great as your willingness to get involved and expand your experiences.
“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” Mahatma Gandhi
Based on key statistics and student reviews and by studying data from the U.S. Department of Education, analysts at Niche ranked Wesleyan College among the most diverse colleges in the United States (number 60 in the nation) in 2016. The ranking compares socioeconomic, geographic, and ethnic diversity. With students from all over the United States and from around the world, Wesleyan’s student population represents a mix of cultures, ethnicities, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, gender identity, range of abilities, national origin, education, financial means, education, political perspectives, and life experiences. Indeed, in many ways, Wesleyan looks like the world.
As in the larger world, diversity brings both challenges and opportunities to our campus, according to Tonya Parker ’01, assistant dean of students for diversity and inclusion. In a community with so much diversity, she says, “some people are bound to experience disagreements, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, miscommunication, and feelings of separation.” Parker’s job is to facilitate communication, understanding, and inclusion among students whose culture, language, and backgrounds may be very different. Wesleyan can be a model for the world of how all kinds of people can learn from and with one another.
On “Thoughtful Tuesdays” and “Thoughtful Thursdays,” Parker shares messages with the Wesleyan community as a way to prompt students, faculty, and staff to reflect on their relationships with others. The messages include quotations from people such as Maya Angelou (“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel”), Mother Theresa (“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”), and others.
"I don't believe the accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings. Gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at." Maya Angelou
All students are invited to join these diversity groups already established on campus or to create a new group. Contact Ashley Tomlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-757-5216 for more information.
A.X.I.S. (Association of eXemplary International Students)
The purpose of A.X.I.S. is to experience, learn, and teach cultural and international awareness through events, activities, and trips. A.X.I.S. is open to all students who are interested in international and cultural issues.
Black Student Alliance (BSA)
BSA was organized to promote minority awareness and to provide an outlet for cultural pride for minority students. Through various programs, the organization informs the campus and the Macon community of the issues affecting people of color past, present, and future. The organization is open to all students interested in cultural diversity.
Council on Religious Unity (CRU)
The purpose of CRU is to address spiritual needs on campus by providing resources and information and to promote tolerance, diversity, and unity among all religious groups. We aim to help students celebrate their own religious traditions, as well as learn about traditions of religions around the world. CRU events usually involve celebrating specific religious holidays, such as Holi, Eid al-Adha, Vesak, Passover, and others. People of all faith backgrounds, including those who have no religious tradition, are welcome to join. Elections are held for membership and leadership positions.
Diversity and Inclusion Board (DIB)
This student-led board will begin this fall under the guidance and support of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
GLBAL (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual ALliance)
Membership in GLBAL is open to all students interested in the education and understanding of gay and lesbian issues.
Latina Unity Club (LUC)
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