Wilmington College was founded in 1870 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), who are known for the promotion of the ideals of social justice, peacemaking, respect for all persons and the equality of all people. The College still strives to incorporate each of these qualities throughout its campus-wide programs.
THE OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
The Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinates educational, cultural, and social programs designed to educate and inspire all students. Our mission is to promote an inclusive college climate by acting as an educational resource that prepares students to succeed in a diverse society.
Additionally, this office serves as a resource for the entire campus community, while providing multicultural students and their families with a direct and centralized connection to Wilmington College. All are welcome to stop by and discuss concerns related to race, gender, religion, sexuality, or ability.
Black Student Initiative
The primary focus of BSI is to unify students of Wilmington College from various backgrounds and ethnicities. The organization, though initiated by African American students, strives to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment where all students of varying backgrounds may express, celebrate and share their heritage. BSI sponsors a wide variety of activities and programs with the goal of increasing cultural awareness and involvement throughout the entire campus and surrounding community.
Both international and American students are invited to become members of the International Club. Multicultural programming, including social activities and educational excursions, are planned throughout the academic year.
Wilmington College Connections
This program is designed to make the entering multicultural student’s transition to college a successful one. This program matches incoming students with returning student leaders who have received training to serve as mentors. Many of our current student leaders are products of this program.
A significant percentage of our key positions on campus are held by students of color. These positions include:
- Activities Programming Board
- Wilmington College Connections
- Student Government Association
- Resident Advisors
- Community Outreach
“Diversity begins with appreciating one’s self and all of what makes you unique – your hair, your skin, your attitudes and beliefs. That self-appreciation then becomes the impetus for real, open, and honest dialogue which leads to a deeper understanding and appreciation of our differences.”
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Bennyce Hamilton, ext. 335
WC Multicultural Activities and Annual Celebrations May Include:
- Martin Luther King Celebration
- Black History Month Activities
- WC African Village
- Women’s History Month Activities
- Festival of Women in Music & Art
- Westheimer Peace Symposium
- Issues & Artists Series (Lecturers and Entertainment)
- The International Jam
- Group Outings
- Leadership Conferences
- Various Guest Speakers
“I’ve taught at other schools where probing questions on race and ethnicity were met with silence from students. I’m pleased that at Wilmington College, with more representation from minority students, questions on race and ethnicity are examined from various perspectives in an open and honest forum in which all feel free to participate regardless of the makeup of the class.”
Dr. Jeffrey P. Stahley
Associate Professor of Spanish
“It was a unique series of circumstances that brought me to Wilmington College. After spending the majority of my life in foster care, I was unsure about where my life would lead me. I chose what I believe is my road to success — going to college. Since enrolling at WC, I have developed into a capable student, but even more so, the College has given me the opportunity to become a leader. I have been involved with football, musical groups and theatre. I joined a fraternity and I have also served as a resident assistant, orientation team leader and peer mentor. This year I was selected to serve on the Presidential Search Committee and I was elected president of student government. Wilmington has presented me with the resources I will need to succeed, not only throughout college but for the rest of my life.”
Quatez “Q” Scott
Class of 2012
“Wilmington College offers small-sized classes and friendly campus life atmosphere, enabling me to closely interact with teachers and other students. As a chemistry major student, I appreciate the individual discussions with instructors and hands-on experiences with various instruments. I really enjoy my time at Wilmington College.”
Class of 2015
"Wilmington College allowed me to grow into the person I am thankful of being today. The friendly and helpful environment on campus encouraged me to work hard with my studies and at the same time I made lifelong friends among the students as well as the faculty. Wilmington College will forever be a part of me and for that I am proud!"
Maria Larsen – Sweden
Class of 2012