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LEADership Institute

LEADership Institute for Diversity-Wooster (LID-W)

Objective: To aid in maintaining and improving the diversity of our student population as the college seeks to “identify new opportunities to increase our students’ intercultural awareness and capabilities for global citizenship” (Cornwell, Hewlett-Mellon Memo December 20, 2012).

Purpose: To empower current domestic students of color to become campus leaders; provide the campus with education on the trends, issues and problems surrounding students of color; and lastly, to innovate and sponsor new programs and initiatives focused on the retention of the domestic student of color population.

The LID-W will function to train students, faculty and staff in diversity education, providing them with the opportunities to engage in diversity educational experiences for the entire College of Wooster community. The main component of LID-W will be its LEAD (Learning Educating Activating Diversity) Team. These six to eight students will serve as Mentor/Peer Facilitators and be trained as diversity mentors for the College.

LEAD Team will assist with current CoW programs and be charge with leading/creating their own. For example the LEAD Team will provide programming: A Diversity LEADership Series, Black History Month, Speaker Series, Biracial/Multiethnic Awareness, and Gender, Sexuality and Race Summit.