As a means of further enhancing Virginia Wesleyan University's institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, President Scott D. Miller introduced the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEIC) in 2022. The DEIC leads institutional efforts to not only understand diversity, equity and inclusion issues, but also to provide resources and layers of support for students who bring rich experiences and perspectives to ensure that Virginia Wesleyan is continually honoring and respecting differences and that all members of the campus community have a voice.
From purpose to function, the DEIC leads the institution in offering programs designed to enhance the educational value of the campus community through purposeful dialogue and celebration of difference. The council consists of the University's designated five deputy diversity officers from key institutional areas: Academics, Athletics, Student Activities, the Lighthouse, and the Robert Nusbaum Center. The deputy diversity officers are appointed by the president of the University. The provost and vice president for academic affairs and senior vice president serve as co-chairs of the council. The DEIC meets monthly, at the calling of the co-chairs or president of the University, to discuss events and initiatives.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
Dr. Modupe Oshikoya, Deputy Diversity Officer, Academic Liaison (Assistant Professor of Political Science)
Cameia Alexander, Deputy Diversity Officer, Athletic Liaison (Director of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field)
Kelly Jackson, Deputy Diversity Officer, Robert Nusbaum Center Liaison (Associate Director of the Robert Nusbaum Center)
Audwin Harris, Deputy Diversity Officer
Filipe Hugueno, Deputy Diversity Officer
Marina Maye, Deputy Diversity Officer
Juliana Mushala, Deputy Diversity Officer
Bethany Tsiaras, Deputy Diversity Officer
Additionally, Cee Cee Tucker serves as special advisor to the president on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Susan Larkin (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs) and Dr. Keith Moore (Senior Vice President) serve as ex officio liaisons to the President's Cabinet. They also serve as co-chairs of the council.
Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance
Virginia Wesleyan University joined a group of 68 National Liberal Arts Colleges collaborating to form the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA), facilitated by the University of Southern California's Race & Equity Center, in 2021. Meetings and resources from this group informed and shaped VWU's initiatives in this area.
The University is also consistently recognized for its ethnic diversity and social mobility among National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and has repeatedly distinguished itself as a community dedicated to equal opportunity for students, faculty, and staff as an Equity & Inclusion College of Distinction.