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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Wabash College

At Wabash College, our mission is to educate young men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely. We believe responsible action, effective leadership, and humane living promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for people of all backgrounds in schools, workplaces, and communities. We’ll be honest: this work is ongoing, but our commitments to social justice and ethical leadership drive us to practice an unwavering devotion to critical thinking, self-reflection, and revision. This is how we become and remain an inclusive community where all students, faculty, and staff find belonging.

Our ability to attract strong faculty, remarkable students, and dedicated donors is rooted in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus and in our community. Furthermore, today’s world needs leaders who understand diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of relevance and effectiveness. The businesses, schools, and community organizations that thrive in the 21st century value and elevate the contributions of people from all backgrounds.

“I believe that the only way for Wabash to meet its enrollment goals — and our nation’s need for an educated society — will be by increasing the number of college-bound young people from groups historically underserved by private higher education: low-income, first-generation, and students of color. Demography is not destiny. We can chart our own future by making Wabash accessible for the many young men who need us. And just as we have for the past 189 years, we will meet those young men where they are. We will maintain our historic commitment to being an engine of opportunity.”

—President Scott E. Feller

Where’s the Evidence?

Wabash’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging on campus has been recognized by $5.5 million in grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. to promote the retention, graduation, and success of young men from racial groups historically underrepresented in higher education, who are the first in their families to attend college, and are from lower income families. These grants are designed to restore hope and trust in the power of education to transform lives and communities, beginning with our own. They fund initiatives in faculty and staff development, community engagement, student recruitment and graduation, and cultural and artistic programming. The organizations, committees, and initiatives linked below offer additional evidence of our commitment.

Wabash Receives DEI Grant

A Half-Century of Commitment

The Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies was founded in 1970 as a social space and student organization focused on the success and belonging of Black students, as well as a center for campus-wide education on the cultural and artistic contributions of people of African descent. Today, the MXIBS remains a student center, classroom space, cultural resource, and a place that continuously calls our campus to live up to our commitments of equity and inclusion and to live out the social justice commitments of higher education.

Malcolm X Institute

Liam Grennon

Passion for Advocacy Leads Grennon ’24 to Law Career

“Recognizing injustices in our society sparked something in me at a young age to want to do this kind of work.”

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Chapel Talk: La Alianza Students

Speaking in Pioneer Chapel are officers of the student Hispanic/Latino group La Alianza, President Jacob Ramirez ’25, Past President Jonathan Gonzalez ’24, and alumnus Alejandro Maya ’13 (Episode 201).

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Liberal Arts at Play students

Camp Connects Wabash Education to Careers in Sports

Liberal Arts at Play was funded by the “Indiana Youth Programs on Campus Initiative” from Lilly Endowment Inc., and created specifically for driven young men interested in a career in sports.

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Campus Offices and Committees Focused on Inclusion and Belonging

  • International Center
  • Gender Issues Committee
  • Campus Culture and Climate Committee (CCCC)
  • Wabash Wellness Council
  • Retention Programming Committee

Institutional Memberships

We credit these professional organizations with the ideas and best practices that help us live up to our values of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Wabash community:

Contact the Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Special Assistant to the President for DEI, Dr. Jill Lamberton, is a member of the President’s cabinet, and builds collaborations across the College—from faculty development to admissions to student life—to ensure that the work of diversity, equity and inclusion at Wabash does not happen in the silos of campus units, but is coordinated across the structures and daily life of the College.