Arms Open WIDE

Diversity begins with inclusion and we strive to offer an inclusive environment for all students. The Wilson Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Office (WIDE) is at the heart of this effort.

WIDE seeks to produce intentional and varied learning opportunities for all Warren Wilson students, faculty, and staff to:

  • Develop consciousness around issues of racial and ethnic diversity.
  • Engage multicultural perspectives through critical dialogue and programs.
  • Promote universal love and intercultural competency.
  • Create inclusive and equitable spaces in appreciation of difference.

How does WIDE do it?

Programming

The WIDE Heritage Series presents awareness, celebration, and dialogue programming throughout the year, including Hispanic and Latin@ heritage, Indigenous and Native American heritage, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Black World History Month, Chinese New Year, International Women’s Month, and Asian/Pacific Islander heritage.

Education

The WIDE crew provides a number of educational opportunities for the Warren Wilson community, including classroom/crew presentations, conferences, trainings, and workshops.

Community Building

WIDE is a noted ally whose community outreach includes social justice campaigns, solidarity programming, and support of aligned student demonstrations. WIDE also collaborates with organizations and colleges/universities in the Asheville, Black Mountain, and surrounding region.

Student Advocacy

WIDE provides an open door policy and supports all students in development of their multiple identities. The WIDE Office is also an advocate and response unit for student reports of racial and ethnic bias.

 

President Lynn Morton

President Morton's Statement on DACA 

“I urge our lawmakers to create legislation that allows the dream to go forward. I join my voice to the many others in higher education who believe in educational access for all, and that supporting access and diversity makes us better and stronger.” (Read More)

-President Lynn Morton

Partnerships on Campus

WIDE works with a number of racial and ethnic identity student groups, including:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Student Association (APISA)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Engage: a social and leadership student group for students of color
  • Herman@s Orgullos@s en las Americas (WHOLA)

Additionally WIDE partners with Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ), our campus affiliate of the national network of groups educating and organizing white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice.

#4 LGBTQ-Friendly

Our commitment to LGBTQIA rights extends to all aspects of your experience — even before you’re officially a student. When you visit, you’ll have the opportunity to select your gender pronoun from our bucket of pins. It’s just one of the reasons why the Princeton Review lists Warren Wilson as the No. 4 most “LGBTQ-Friendly” college.

2014 Center for Gender & Relationships Crew

Center for Gender and Relationships (CGR)

The mission of the Center for Gender and Relationships (CGR) is to build and sustain healthy relationships. We do this by offering education, advocacy and resources within the LGBTQIA community and in the areas of Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence prevention, Gender Equity and Intersectionality and Sexual Health and Education.

In Pursuit of Excellence

We believe diversity lies at the heart of excellence. And we know that despite our successes, we still have work to do to achieve our vision of an educational community representing our broadly diverse world. We have not achieved the racial diversity we seek. Our student body tends to lean left politically. We have more hiking boots than high heels on campus.

But. We are a community that refuses to accept our current status quo as our destiny.

Instead, we are actively working with our community to become more educated and inclusive. This means:

  • Our Human Resources department helps our hiring committees challenge their own bias’
  • Our Student Life Division hosts round-tables for our students of color so they can share institutional racism they encounter on campus
  • Our staff and faculty experience diversity training
  • And that our President champions deliberate dialogue as a path to meaningful communication across campus.

If there’s one thing we know at Warren Wilson, it’s that you must be willing to work to make the world what you believe it should be. We’re engaged in that work as a community now. We can’t wait for you to join us.

Race/Ethnicity Data

Race / Ethnicity % of Undergraduate Population
INTERNATIONAL 2%
HISPANIC / LATINO 9%
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE 2%
ASIAN 1%
BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN 5%
NATIVE AMERICAN 0%
WHITE NON-HISPANIC 74%
TWO OR MORE RACES 2%
UNKNOWN 5%

Educating Activists

On June 27, 2015, James Tyson, ’07, and Bree Newsome were arrested after participating in one of the most visible acts of civil disobedience in recent memory—the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State House. James credits his years at Warren Wilson with helping to shape the person he has become. “The drive that Wilson has toward diversity is something that is absolutely critical. We have to get over all of the stereotypes that we’ve been dealing with, and we have to create the most open, equitable society. We have to create the world that we want.”