Wheaton College is dedicated to the active investigation of the diversity of viewpoints and experiences reflected on our campus and in the wider world.

This initiative includes keynote addresses by external thought leaders throughout the year as well as community conversation opportunities for members of the college to explore issues and concerns related to achieving inclusion and the barriers to reaching our goals.

The Council on Inclusion and Diversity (CID) will be coordinating events, workshops and activities that encourage us to listen to each other, consider perspectives beyond our own and learn from those experiences.

This livestream recording on Building Community Together featured President Dennis Hanno and guests talking about creating an inclusive environment for a diverse community of liberal arts learners.



A Conversation on Race, Art, and Activism
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 5:00–6:30 p.m.

Wheaton faculty Dolita Cathcart and Tripp Evans engage in a conversation with artist James Montford informed by his exhibition “The Planetarium of Black Indian Constellations,” on view in Weil Gallery through October 16. These three scholars will discuss the representation of race and identity in art, the relationship between art and activism, and the way art and performance can elucidate social ills, among other timely and important topics. The audience will be encouraged to join in the conversation. Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts


La Compagnie Caravague presents La Leçon
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

André Nerman and his troupe La Compagnie Caravague perform Eugene Ionesco’s La leçon (The Lesson) in French. One of the great dramatists of the post-World War II period in France, Ionesco pioneered the theater of the absurd, combining dark humor, philosophical questions and political commentary in often nonsensical or surreal stories. Please note: this performance will be presented in French with no subtitles. Weber Theatre, Watson Fine Arts

Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association Music Ensemble
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

The Ensemble presents an evening of hauntingly beautiful Chinese classical and folk music compositions performed on traditional instruments. Mary Lyon Hall, Holman Room


Conversations with Dr. Maura Cullen
Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Council on Inclusion in Diversity invites the entire campus community to engage in two days of intensive workshops and conversations about building a more inclusive and welcoming community for all at Wheaton. Dr. Maura Cullen is considered one of the foremost authorities on issues of diversity and leadership, having worked with over 500 organizations to effect immediate and positive change. The two-day program includes the following sessions:

  • For all students: An evening talk on Monday, October 19 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. in Hindle Auditorium, . Pizza and follow-up conversations in the Diana Davis Spencer Café immediately following the event
  • For invited student leaders: A breakfast workshop on Tuesday, October 20 from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in the Chase Small conference room
  • For all staff: A coffee break session on Tuesday, October 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Weber Auditorium
  • For all faculty: A lunch session on Tuesday, October 20 from 12:30–2:00 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room at Emerson
  • For the Council on Inclusion and Diversity: A wrap-up of the visit on Tuesday, October 20 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room at Emerson


Outreach Teaching
Monday, October 26, 2015, 5 p.m.

Craig Werner, an award-winng teacher and scholar of literature, music and cultural history, will discuss the role of academia in promoting social justice by doing a better job of connecting to the communities of which it is a part. This will be a lecture and discussion that offers practical advice on educational outreach. Mary Lyon Hall, Holman Room.


Wheaton College Navaratri Festival 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

South Indian vocalist B. Balasubrahmanyam accompanied by K.V.S. Vinay, violin and David Nelson, mridangam, will present a concert of Karnataka classical music to mark the Indian festival of Navaratri. Mary Lyon Hall, Woolley Room


Registering the Queer Past: Activist Pedagogy and Public History
Monday, November 2, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

Kelly Ball of Agnes Scott College presents a workshop and lecture for students and faculty focused on the Queer History Project – an initiative that she undertook in response to the National Register of Historic Places goal to increase the number of historical sites dedicated to LGBTQ history. Watson Fine Arts, Ellison Lecture.


Staff Forum: Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues
Friday, November 6, 2015, 12:30–2 p.m.

Associate Dean and Director of Health and Counseling Jeff Klug will lead a discussion on ways colleagues can help students for whom there is concern.  Accessing services, how to respond to students in distress as well as an overview of mental health resources on and off campus will be discussed. Email [email protected] to register. Lunch will be provided. Mary Lyon Hall, Woolly Room


Faculty Forum: International Student Experiences
November 13, 2015, 12:30–2 p.m.

Gretchen Young and Peony Phagen co-lead a workshop exploring the experiences of international students and how faculty can support these students in their learning.


Religion Department Martin Lecture: Rabbis Without Borders?
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, will give a talk on “Rabbis Without Borders? Imagining and Reconstructing American Judaism in the 21st Century.” Mary Lyon Hall, Holman Room.