The Office of Diversity Initiatives develops and facilitates programming to educate our students for lifelong learning and success in a constantly evolving and multicultural world.
Spring 2021 Events
Black History Month Events
These events are co-sponsored by Wilkes University’s Division of Global Cultures, Center for Global Education and Diversity and Multicultural Student Coalition.
Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Presented by Dr. Aston Gonzalez, Professor of History at Salisbury University and author of the recent book "Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century."
Second Annual Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon
Honor Black History Month by helping to make history! Participate in transcribing the papers of Mary Church Terrell, a Black educator and writer who helped found the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) and the NAACP. No prior transcription experience necessary; all are welcome and training will be provided.
Forum on Race and the Curriculum
An opportunity for students to share their ideas and concerns about issues related to race, diversity and our curriculum at Wilkes University.
Continuing on the Path to Racial Equity
A celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Wilkes alumnus Woodly M. Augustin '18 will be the keynote speaker.
Naturally in my Element
We belong in the spaces we occupy but often times feel that not every part of us is accepted, such as our hair. Some say it's just hair and we shouldn't be bothered by the space our hair takes. However, it's not just hair when there are laws and policies surrounding the conversation of which type of hair is accepted and which isn't. Join us for an open conversation about what it means to wear your natural hair in professional settings.
Presented by Genesis Felipe Rossi, Graduate Assistant, Bloomsburg University
Personal Development Series
Student Financial Aid (Past, Present, and Future)
We will explore student financial aid used previously and in the future semesters; fiscal responsibility and how to prepare for repayment.
Presented by Anthony Naro, Wilkes University Assistant Director of Financial Services
Global & Diversity Graduation Celebration
Let’s celebrate our graduates and wish them success in their next chapter!
Multicultural Award nomination period will be March 7 to April 15.
Fall 2021 Events
4th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Student Conference
The Diversity and Inclusion student conference has been postponed until October 2021.
Education is Key
Dr. Cassandra St. Vil, Founding CEO, Amateka College Prep
Cassandra St. Vil, Ph.D. is a visionary education leader based in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. She is a trained Africanist, social worker and former special education teacher; she has remained in the classroom as a high school history teacher and professor of social sciences. “Dr. Cass” has worked with adolescents and young adults, internationally, since 2002. She has brought her work in multicultural education and youth development to over 30 countries and is a past Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, returned Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda and Teach for America (New York) alumna. Dr. Cass is a graduate of Howard University’s Ph.D. program in African Studies (2009), the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2018), Hunter College’s graduate program in special education (2014) and the University of Michigan School of Social Work (2006). The first of her five degrees was completed at Buffalo State College in 2005. She is the founding CEO of Amateka College Prep, an organization dedicated to celebrating Black cultures and heritage among multiracial, multicultural middle and high school students. She first wrote about this work in her book, The Push for African-Centered Education, independently published in 2017. During the COVID-19 pandemic and rampant racial injustice around the country, Dr. Cass would teach her students to learn from Black narratives throughout history. Her own high school students wrote essays about the importance of Black role models and were published by the organization she founded, Amateka College Prep. Their book, The Black Excellence Project at Bard Early College D.C. was published in 2020 and intentionally released on Juneteenth to celebrate Black freedom, history and heritage.