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.

Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Krystal Madlock
, Wartburg’s director of multicultural services
Dr. LeAnn Faidley, an associate professor in engineering at Wartburg, to chair the task force

Alumni and Community members
Bruce King
, vice president for equity and inclusion, St. Olaf College, and father of 3 Wartburg alumni 
Dajuan King ’16, graduate student, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, and continuum program director, Urban Initiatives 
Ashlee McGrown ’16, manager of community engagement, Chicago Scholars
Ben Parks ’05, assistant director, College Park Scholars, University of Maryland
Rev. Dr. Anthony L. D. Scott ’10, pastoral associate for congregational care, First Plymouth Congregational Church, Denver, Colo.

Campus Members
Veronica Reece
, assistant director, Student Success Center, Wartburg College
Dr. Caryn Riswold, Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission, Wartburg College
Rich Seggerman, vice president for finance and administration, Wartburg College
Ellen Engh, director, alumni/parent engagement and annual giving, Wartburg College

If you have comments, concerns, or ideas to share with the task force, please click here to submit them to the co-chairs.

A Clear Path Forward

We will look at our reporting process with a new lens to ensure it is clear to all students and that there are no barriers preventing a student from reporting an issue with a professor, staff member, or other student. We also will look at the investigation process to ensure those are clearly articulated so students understand the process, timeline, and possible outcomes.

Student Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy
Student Grievance System
Faculty Grievance System (pages 130-133)
Staff Grievance System (general reporting, 21; harassment, 24; sexual misconduct, 25)

Reporting Options

Confidential Reporting through See Something, Say Something
Contact a member of the Community Response Team
Krystal Madlock, Director of Multicultural Student Services, (319) 352-8434
Human Resources
Campus Safety & Security
Residential Life Staff
Brian Ernsting, Dean of the Faculty
Dan Kittle, Dean of Students

Diversity training is already scheduled for employees in specific divisions as early as next week. We will evaluate the specific needs of individual divisions and the college as a whole to determine how to implement training in other areas. We expect this training to include partnerships with the Waverly Police Department in addition to our campus community.

Professional Development

The Student Life team is completing a diversity, inclusion and equity audit for each area, led by the respective directors.  The audits will be submitted to Dan Kittle, Vice President for Student Life, who is working with Ashlee McGrown ’16 to identify a resource via Chicago Scholars that can review those reports and offer their thoughts. In addition, each director in Student Life is being given the opportunity to partner with an alumnus of color.  Those pairing are being structured in ways similar to what the college has done with other mentoring programs and will include readings and questions for conversations.

The IS 101 co-coordinator is taking a class that is coordinated by the National Resource Center for First -ear Experience and Transition titled Underrepresented at a PWI: Supporting Students of Color through their transition within a Predominately White Institution.

Upcoming Events

2020-21 Academic Year
The Wartburg College Inclusive Pedagogy Faculty Seminar will provide an opportunity to continue conversations that were seeded in the Fall Faculty Workshop with a presentation from Dr. Kevin Gannon, author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto. Through this seminar, faculty will expand their reflection on inclusive pedagogy and deepen their knowledge of issues in areas including institutional racism, social class, ability and ableism, and the intersectionality of gender, race, sex, and other things, all in the context of an institutional and missional commitment to equity and the practice of inclusivity. Participants will gather via Zoom five to six times between now and the end of the academic year; read common texts including Radical Hope and other assigned short essays and articles; write, create and share short reflections; and discuss, connect, and engage with each other via small and large groups in the process of pedagogical and curricular transformation. Those who complete the seminar will receive a $150 stipend to support their ongoing commitment to the work. This project is supported by the Faculty Development Committee, the Sharing Teaching and Advising Strategies group (STAS), and the McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission. 

Previous Training and Events

In December 2020 the President’s Cabinet completeD the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment under the direction of Felecia Boone, the administrator of the Hennepin County Diversity Leadership Mentoring Program and a member of the college’s Board of Regents. The Board of Regents completed the same training in January 2021.The IDI® assesses a person’s intercultural competence, or the ability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. Research conducted on intercultural effectiveness, cross cultural adaptation and adjustment, international job performance, diversity and inclusion efforts, and other forms of intercultural contact (e.g., tourism, immigration, refugee resettlement), clearly identifies intercultural competence as a key capability for working and living effectively with people from different cultures. It is essential for transcending ethnocentrism and establishing effective, positive relations across cultural boundaries both internationally and domestically. The IDI assesses intercultural competence through a 50-item questionnaire. After individuals complete the IDI, each person’s responses to the 50 items are analyzed and action reports prepared. Click here to learn more. 

October 2020
Join the Wartburg Book Club and community partners in reading “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi.“Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other,” according to Kendi’s website. “Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.” Discussions will begin Oct. 1, so click here to register today! You can also join the Facebook group for daily conversation. All are invited – students, alumni, parents, friends – to join the conversation and learn from others on campus and throughout the Cedar Valley. This program is virtual and facilitated through Wartburg College in partnership with UNI, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo Community Schools, YWCA, EMBRACE, and more participating organizations.

Oct. 6, 2020
Join the men’s soccer team at 11:30 a.m. for Demonstration of Unity on the campus mall outside Old Main. 

Tuesday, Aug. 18
     Faculty Workshop   
     Dr. Kevin Gannon, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Grand View University
     Gannon, who was featured in the Netflix documentary “13th”, led faculty through a workshop entitled “Creating Student Success…for ALL Our Students”

     Admissions Office Staff
     Completed antiracism training through the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso.

Wednesday, June 17
    Admissions Office Staff
    Implicit Bias Training led by Angela Weekley ’98, Community Inclusion Manager, Veridian Credit Union

First-year Orientation (August)
    All first-year students
    Program addressing microaggressions

Faculty Book Clubs
    Nov. 2019 – So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    Nov. 2018 – White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 


Faculty Workshop Training
    Fall 2016 – Eddie Moore (open to faculty and staff)
    Fall 2017 – Gender Bias in Academia: What It Is and What You Can Do About It
    Fall 2018 – Cultural Competence in the Classroom
    Fall 2019 – The Student Experience: Seeing the World Through Our Eyes (Wartburg Student Panel) 
    Spring 2020 – Inclusion in the Classroom 

IS101 directors are looking at tangible ways to enhance the common curriculum to include additional resources that will help new students better understand the implications of systemic racism and become better anti-racists. 

The conversations we started in early June will continue. These relationships are integral in helping us learn more about our weaknesses and how we can make changes to turn them into our strengths. In addition to conversations with individual students and alumni, the College has sent the following messages to the entire campus community. 


Krystal Madlock

Director of Multicultural Student Services

Dan Kittle

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

Jamie Hollaway

Director of Human Resources

Debora Johnson-Ross

Vice President for Academic Affairs / Dean of the Faculty

Diversity Committees & Councils

Multicultural Diversity Studies Committee, a standing committee of the faculty that monitors and evaluates outcomes of educational programs related to multiculturalism and diversity. The committee also makes recommendations on policies and procedures regarding the college’s efforts to promote all aspects of multicultural and diversity studies.

Community Response Team, which works to ensure meaningful, timely, and transparent responses to incidents of bias that impact the campus community. The team, created by the Diversity and Inclusion Council, was formed in fall 2017 and meets when needed to discuss events that threaten the Wartburg campus culture. Regular reports are posted as needed to reflect how incidents are handled by the college.

Diversity Committee, embedded in the Wartburg College Student Senate structure. The committee works to further diversity on campus through a close relationship with diverse groups and is chaired by the executive assistant to diversity.

Diversity and Inclusion Council, which serves to advance the college’s goals regarding diversity and inclusion. The council, chaired by Krystal Madlock, is responsible for the Co-Curricular Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The plan outlines the college’s top priorities related to diversity and inclusion, including ensuring diverse and inclusive perspectives and concerns are included in institutional level decision making; increasing the number of faculty, staff, and administrator diversity champions; and enhancing inclusivity in the campus climate champions.