BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Wesleyan University has named Kwame Patterson to head its Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).
Patterson joined the IWU staff in fall 2017 as a residence director in the Office of Residential Life. In that position, he managed projects related to campus inclusiveness, including a redesign of the office's multicultural educator position, serving as co-adviser for the new Male of Color registered student organization and supervising the work of the residential assistant with the Rainbow Floor in Pfeiffer residence hall.
“I am especially excited about the opportunity to work with ODI's newest initiative, the Peer Mentoring Program,” said Patterson, who has bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University.
“Additionally, I hope to continue to make IWU a haven for students, faculty and staff to engage in conversation on topics centered around diversity and inclusion,” he said.
Among those served by the office are multiracial, black, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and first-generation students.
Patterson's predecessor was Greta Franklin, who left IWU to become director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Franklin had served in the IWU post since August 2016.