DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Diversity Statement 
The Wartburg College community is committed to creating and maintaining a mutually respectful environment that recognizes and celebrates diversity among all students, faculty, and staff. Wartburg values human differences as an asset, works to sustain a culture that reflects the interests, contributions, and perspectives of members of diverse groups; and delivers educational programming to meet the needs of diverse audiences. We also seek to instill those values, understandings and skills to encourage leadership and service in a global multicultural society.

Nondiscrimination Policy
Wartburg College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, genetics, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability in employment, programs, or benefits.

Diversity at Wartburg

Wartburg students come from 28 U.S. states and 56 countries (including the USA)

162 U.S. students of color and 132 international students comprise 19% of total enrollment

Wartburg has more than 25 Christian denominations and eight world religions represented on campus.

The Wartburg Alliance (LGBTQIA) organization is one of the most active on campus. Wartburg has been ranked a 4.5 out of 5 stars on the national CampusPride Climate Index.

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES

The Multicultural Student Services Office develops and promotes multicultural programming and activities to help all students understand and appreciate differences. The director promotes academic success by providing academic guidance, personal support, cultural resources and leadership opportunities to enhance the educational experience and facilitate the academic and personal growth of American ethnic students. The department recognizes the richness of diversity as a part of the Wartburg College experience and assists with the promoting of diverse ideas, cultures and opportunities that support student success. 

Special interest groups and clubs, such as the Asian Student Club, the Black Student Union and Voices of Praise support American ethnic students and are open to all Wartburg College students. Annual multicultural programs include early orientation, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Day of Service, and Black History Month.

BLACK STUDENT UNION

BSU is a political, social & educational organization whose main purpose is to express and support black perspective throughout campus life. BSU shall create awareness & stimulate an appreciation of Black American’s contributions to our culture and society. The objectives of BSU are to promote unity and cooperative interaction between students, faculty and staff. It is also the goal of BSU to increase community awareness of, and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of Black Americans on the local, national and international level. If you are interested in joining BSU, e-mail krystal.madlock@wartburg.edu.

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Campus Director: Dr. LeAnn Faidley, assistant professor for engineering science 

Peer Mentors: The IINspire @ Wartburg program awards 5 semester stipends of $1000 to students who serve as peer mentors.  These upper class American-ethnic students assist the campus director in mentoring other students and planning and arranging programming to encourage success and retention of American-ethnic students in the STEM fields at Wartburg. Applications for peer mentors are due on Dec. 15 and May 1 for the following semesters.  Please complete the application form at the link below.  Contact Dr. LeAnn Faidley with any questions.

Programs and Activities: IINSPIRE @ Wartburg sponsors a variety of programs and activities to enhance the success and retention of American-Ethnic students in STEM fields at Wartburg.  Upcoming activities include:

  • Mentoring programs with peers, faculty, and alumni
  • Career building workshops
  • Research opportunities
  • Study groups for common classes
  • Social events
  • Study skill workshops
  • And more

Pre-Orientation Bridge Program: The goals of the program are to create a community of incoming American-Ethnic students in the STEM fields and to introduce these students to our peer mentors and science faculty members and various other programs and offices that will serve as resources while they are on campus.  Participation in this program is free of charge and participants will receive a $50 stipend for books in the fall semester.  Please see the tentative schedule (PDF) or contact Dr. LeAnn leann.faidley@wartburg.edu for more information. 

Pre-Orientation Bridge Program RSVP

The IINspire Alliance involves 16 state, private, and community colleges in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska who work together to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education the Midwest.  In particular addressing the need to remove the barriers impeding student progress and success in STEM fields before education and workforce disparities widen. More information about the Alliance and Alliance activities can be found at the IINspire website.

The Iowa Illinois Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education (IINspire) project is a part of the LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) program funded by the National Science Foundation under award number HRD-1102461.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES

The International Student Programs Office, Saemann Student Center 185, provides services to international students and seeks to promote global understanding through campus, intercollegiate, and community outreach.  The primary role of the International Student Programs Office is immigration advising to ensure that foreign nationals maintain proper immigration status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and compliance operations for Wartburg College.  The office also provides a new international student orientation, material support, and advising on employment, Social Security, health insurance, and cross-cultural communication.  Additionally, the office coordinates the Friendship Family program, which pairs local families with international students, and Global Connections, a student-led initiative to increase cultural competence on Wartburg’s campus through peer-mentoring programs and more. 

CULTURE WEEK

Culture Week is an annual tradition where international students provide a glimpse of life in their countries.

CHALLENGING IDEAS AND LEARNING FROM OTHERS. WORTH IT.

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WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY

LEARNED TO WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH PEOPLE WHOSE CULTURE AND BELIEFS WERE DIFFERENT FROM MY OWN

WARTBURG TRANSFORMED THE WAY I SAW MYSELF AND THE WORLD

GAINED UNDERSTANDING FOR PEOPLE OF OTHER RACIAL, ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS

* Based on a 2013 alumni survey.