“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 for equity 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.
"We share in the responsibility to do our best to promote and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion and denounce and dismantle all forms of hate, discrimination, inequities and injustice. When we are conscious of how our own biases, beliefs, experiences, and world view affect our behavior, thoughts, and attitude, we are better positioned to self-assess and evaluate our reasoning, intentions, and actions." - Tonya Parker ’01, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator
Wesleyan faculty and staff commit to facilitate antiracism environment on campus
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Wesleyan WISe 101 to focus on collaboration, compassion, and mutual support
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
President's Council for Equity and Inclusion
Monday, September 16, 2020
Civic Engagement Series: ALL In!
Thursday, September 17, 2020
DIB exists FOR the students, BY the students!
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Serving with Excellence. Customer Service from an Equity and Inclusion Perspective.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Chief diversity officer holds virtual lunch and learn for parents and families.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
President Fowler and Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Parker ’01 Zoom with alumnae about DIE efforts on campus.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Wesleyan College earns the CPN Seal of Prevention
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Creating a "Container of Care & Courage" in the Classroom
Written by Assistant Professor of Education, Steve Haberlin
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
All students are invited to join these diversity groups already established on campus or to create a new group. Contact Melissa Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (478) 757-5180 for more information.
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.
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.
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.
Led by our Assitant Dean for Equity and Inclusion, this group meets regularly to discuss and address diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, awareness and acknowledgement of cultural celebrations, host campus community forums, offer and participate in workshops and trainings, and provide support for each respective club’s events and programs. DIB members serve as leaders of inclusivity on campus and work together to meet the needs of our diverse student body.
Membership in GLBAL is open to all students interested in the education and understanding of gay and lesbian issues.
Membership in this student run organization is open to all students interested in the education and understanding of Latina culture.