Wooster is committed to creating a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive campus for all members of our diverse and international community.

Students learn best when they study in a community that spans a wide range of experiences, traditions, identities, perspectives, and beliefs. Such diversity is necessary to fully realize our educational purpose, and we actively seek to increase it. Wooster students, staff and faculty come from all over the world, and from rural, urban, and suburban communities across the US.

A longstanding commitment

Wooster’s commitment to an inclusive learning environment started with our founding president, Willis Lord. At his inaugural address in 1866, he said:

“[This institution] should be not only a place of all studies; it should be a place of studies for all…. The essential test of citizenship in the commonwealth of science and letters should be character, mental and moral quality, and attainment, not condition, race, color, or sex.”

With more than 150 years of dedication to these principles, we know that realizing them requires determination and continuous action. In a world where opportunity is not distributed equally, creating a diverse, equitable, welcoming and inclusive campus community must be a top priority. Students, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, faiths, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic circumstances are welcome at Wooster, and we are committed to ensuring equitable opportunities for each of them to learn, work, and thrive.

Central to our mission

Developing all students’ capacities for global engagement and their understanding of diversity and social justice is central to realizing our mission, and so they form part of our curricular requirements, our core values and our graduate qualities.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is a student-focused space that empowers and engages the Wooster community by promoting these core values and graduate qualities in many ways, inside and outside the classroom.

CDI is comprised of four “branches” and they include:

Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Staff

Kayla Campbell

Kayla Campbell

CDEIO Program Coordinator


Melissa Chesanko

Melissa Chesanko

Associate Dean of the Class of 2024, Director of Sexuality & Gender Inclusion


Sháqūez Dickens

Sháqüez Dickens

Assistant Director to the CDEIO


Lillian Evans

Lillian Evans

Director of Multicultural Affairs and Associate Dean of Students


Ivonne Garcia

Ivonne García

Interim CDEIO Advisor


Erin Guzmán

Erin Guzmán

Interim Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life; Liaison to the Activism & Social Change Pathway


Rebecca Hohman

Rebecca Hohman

Administrative Coordinator


A.J. Hoy

A.J. Hoy

Catholic Campus Minister


Carol Knoble

Carol Knoble

International Student Coordinator


Jill Munro

Jill Munro

Assistant Dean of Students and Director, International Student Services


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Hannah Reikowsky

Sexuality & Gender Inclusion Program Assistant


Hannah Thomas

Hannah Thomas

Assistant Director of International Student Services