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Living in a Diverse Community

Diversity—different experiences as well as ways of thinking, being, knowing, and doing—is a distinguishing feature of the human condition. We promote it, we study it, and we’ve made a major institutional commitment to it. Our Du Bois Scholars Program supports eligible students of color. Our faculty offer classes and develop academic concentrations in fields that directly address issues of diversity: African American studies, Asian studies, cross-cultural relations, gender studies, and Spanish and Latin American studies. Our Win Student Resource Commons is home to a campus-wide initiative to explore, explain, and examine diversity. Our Du Bois Lecture Series brings contemporary scholars on race to campus. The Owl's Nest serves as a welcoming space for students of color. Student groups such as QueerSA (the queer-straight alliance), the Multicultural Students Organization, and Interfaith offer opportunities for students to share experiences, provide support for one another, and contribute to campus-wide programming. Our annual Diversity Teach-In—an innovative collaboration between students, faculty and staff—offers a range of presentations and small group discussions led by members of the community.