Social and Racial Equity

Wesleyan College Lane Center for Social and Racial Equity

Celebrating diversity. Practicing inclusion. Striving for Equity.

The Lane Center for Social and Racial Equity is an extension of Wesleyan’s work on campus that began in earnest more than eighteen years ago, and its commitment to promote and foster diversity and inclusion and uphold equity and justice in all areas of the College. This includes making transparent and holding accountability for Wesleyan’s commitment to creating an anti-racist campus community and provide DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice) training, workshops, and facilitations for Wesleyan constituents utilizing the Interactivity Foundation/Diversity and Inclusion Discussions model (IF/DID). Opportunities for community members to come together will be offered physically and virtually through the College and our community partner, the Tubman Museum.

For more information, contact Dean Tonya Parker, chief diversity officer and dean for equity and inclusion. 


The mission of the Center for Social and Racial Equity is to

  • Promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice (DEIJ) in all areas of the College.
  • Make transparent, and hold ourselves and each other accountable for, our commitment to creating an anti-racist campus community.
  • Provide DEIJ training for Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and others in the Middle Georgia community using the IF/DID model (Interactivity Foundation/Diversity and Inclusion Discussions).


Tonya and Brandi

Directors of the Lane Center
for Social and Racial Equity

DIRECTOR - Tonya Parker,
chief diversity officer and dean for equity and inclusion

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Dr. Brandi Simpson Miller,
assistant professor of history

Faculty Coordinators

Each of these campus leaders bring unique perspective, knowledge, expertise, and skills to further the mission of the Center.

  • Dr. Melanie Doherty, professor of English - Crafting Democratic Futures; Interactivity Foundation liaison 
  • Dr. Holly Cole, assistant professor of psychology - Crafting Democratic Futures
  • Dr. Karen Bray, assistant professor of religion, philosophy, and social change - faculty coordinator
  • Professor Alexis Gregg, associate professor of art - coordinator of Equitable Placemaking
  • Reverend Dr. Tyler Schwaller, Ackerman/Hurdle Chaplain and assistant professor of religion - religious coordinator
  • Dr. Nick Steneck, associate professor of history - oral history coordinator



Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is co-chaired by the Wesleyan College president and chief diversity officer and includes faculty, staff, trustees, and alumnae. The faculty diversity liaison, chair of faculty council, and chair of staff council serve as ex-officio members. 

The council provides leadership, develops strategies, and models respect and inclusivity to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity and respond to issues of social justice in all areas of the College. These issues include: diversity in student populations; curricular diversity; recruitment, mentoring, and retention of a diverse faculty; creating a campus climate that accepts and appreciates diversity; implementing diversity-themed programming to promote collegial relationships on campus and in the larger Macon community; and other issues as they arise and complement the committee’s charge. 


Throughout the year the Center collaborates with other campus organizations to provide presentations and events that promote the mission of the Center.

Campus Collaborative Partners
Repairing Inequities
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Student Success Initiatives
    • Summer Bridge Program
    • First Generation College Student Support
  • Emergency Funding for Students with financial need
  • Professional Development
    • Mentoring
    • Job Shadowing 
    • Internships

International dinner

Community Opportunities to Connect with the Center

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Diversity and Inclusion Dialogues

Phase I – Bring your leadership team to the Center to experience Diversity and Inclusion Dialogues led by Center staff and volunteers.

Phase II - Train your leaders to be DID facilitators in your school, business or organization.

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Equity Audit

Consult with Center staff to conduct an equity audit in your school, business, or organization.

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Speaker’s Bureau

Contact Dean Tonya Parker, chief diversity officer and dean for equity and inclusion.



Calendar of Events

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