Effective March 15, 2021 Dean Shaya Gregory Poku moved into Wheaton’s inaugural position of Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity and Belonging. This senior-level role is a fulfillment of one of Wheaton’s 10 Action Steps towards Racial Justice to create a senior-level position focused on inclusion and equity.
Read the announcement from President Emeritus Hanno
Shaya’s letter to the Wheaton community

Shaya Gregory Poku

Mission of the Office

The Office for Institutional Equity and Belonging (OIEB) is an integral part of Wheaton’s pursuit of excellence. Enabling the college to fulfill its mission to provide a transformative liberal arts education, OIEB and its campus partners strengthen Wheaton’s capacity to envision and achieve a radically imaginative understanding of engagement, affirmation, and belonging in our community.

The Office’s role is two-fold: to foster decolonized learning and to advance cross-campus initiatives to produce bold, equity-driven outcomes. It does so by generating and disseminating evidence-based tools, initiatives, and frameworks. Above all, OIEB engages campus constituents and governance committees to anchor social justice, champion diversity, and weave equity and universal design into the operating norms of our college—our organizational practices, policies, and culture.

“Equity, diversity, and inclusion cannot be achieved just by taking a workshop, creating a list of action items, and attending a course—although all of these are important.  What is essential is making a lifelong commitment, as an individual and an institution, to learning about structural inequities in the past and the present, to listening with empathy, and then to mending, to repairing the world, tikkun olam in Hebrew.”

~ President Michaele Whelan

 

Invitation for community input

We encourage you to share your hopes and aspirations for the Office for Institutional Equity and Belonging team. If you have any immediate suggestions or thoughts you’d like to share, please email equityandbelonging@wheatoncollege.edu.