Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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

Students celebrate I.S. Monday with giant Tootsie-Roll

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.”

Students in discussion on MLK Day event

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.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) empowers and engages the Wooster community by promoting these core values and graduate qualities in many ways, inside and outside the classroom. The CDI staff focus on supporting the intersectional identities of underrepresented student populations within our community through collaboration, advocacy, and education. And each year on MLK Day, classes are cancelled and the campus community comes together for a day of reflection, service, and dialogue.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan