WIDE: Wilson Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity

WIDE dinner with social justice activists Bree Newsome and Wilson alum, James Tyson
WIDE dinner with social justice activists Bree Newsome and Wilson alum, James Tyson

Who is WIDE?

WIDE at Elon Conference with keynote speaker, Clint Smith
WIDE at Elon Conference with keynote speaker, Clint Smith

The Wilson Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Office (WIDE) provides advocacy, community building, empowerment, and identity affirmation in support of underrepresented student populations, including students of color and International students.

What does WIDE do?

WIDE seeks to produce intentional and varied learning opportunities for all Warren Wilson students, faculty, and staff to:

  1. Develop consciousness around issues of racial and ethnic diversity.
  2. Engage multicultural perspectives through critical dialogue and programs.
  3. Promote universal love and intercultural competency.
  4. Create inclusive and equitable spaces in appreciation of difference.

How does WIDE do it?

Programming

The WIDE Heritage Series presents awareness, celebration, and dialogue programming throughout the year, including Hispanic and Latin@ heritage, Indigenous and Native American heritage, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Black World History Month, Chinese New Year, International Women’s Month, and Asian/Pacific Islander heritage.

Education

The WIDE crew provides a number of educational opportunities for the Warren Wilson community, including classroom/crew presentations, conferences, trainings, and workshops. If you are interested in our educational opportunities, please contact WIDE: wide@warren-wilson.edu.

Community Building

WIDE is a noted ally whose community outreach includes social justice campaigns, solidarity programming, and support of aligned student demonstrations, to name a few. WIDE works across the Triad of students, staff, and faculty alike to build inclusive, diverse, and equitable communities. Toward that end, WIDE also collaborates with organizations and colleges/universities in the Asheville, Black Mountain, and surrounding region. We have an active Facebook page, so like us!

Student Advocacy

WIDE provides an open door policy and supports all students in development of their multiple identities. The WIDE Office is also an advocate and response unit for student reports of racial and ethnic bias. In addition, WIDE works with a number of racial and ethnic identity student groups, including: Asian Pacific Islander Student Association (APISA), Black Student Union (BSU), Engage – a social and leadership student group for students of color, and Wilson Herman@s Orgullos@s en las Americas (WHOLA).

Where is WIDE located?

The WIDE Office is located in Dodge House 102/103.