William Peace University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.
We deeply value people. Our campus and culture are enriched by people of different backgrounds and perspectives working and learning together, invigorated by open dialogue in an atmosphere built on respect. We welcome, expect, and encourage the continued pursuit of everything necessary to build an increasingly inclusive community.
When we refer to diversity we include ethnicity, race, age gender (identity & expression), ability, and religion, country of origin and veteran’s status. We also define diversity to include people with a range of philosophical and societal perspectives, socio-economic backgrounds and cultural backgrounds.
WPU Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides support, advocacy, training & education and community building events and programs for the WPU students, faculty and staff.
The office has a programmatic focus on the needs and topics of minority students including students who identify as members of marginalized groups or identities such as LGBTQIA+, first generation college students, women, international students, African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, etc.
We provide opportunities and initiatives for those who seek multicultural awareness, cultural competency, inclusive leadership training, greater capacity for equity and celebration of diversity.
We work with students, faculty and staff actively engaging in knowledge acquisition (curricular) enhancement, celebration and empowerment (co-curricular) programs related to our intersecting identities as a campus community.
We do this through training, programs, and other special events that strengthen our inclusive campus community and by engaging in intentional, identity-focused empowerment and leadership initiatives. Through these initiatives, we serve as a place for support and affirmation of the diversity in our student body.
Support & Advocacy
- The student body is a microcosm of the diversity in our state, with that each student sub-population will have differing needs—our role is to advocate for those needs and support all students
Celebrating Difference & Community Building
- Through programming such as Ally Week and LGBT History month, Unity Festivals, and other cultural and heritage celebrations
Training & Education
- The University’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is chaired by the Director of Diversity & Inclusion. The Committee works to strengthen the campus climate for diversity & inclusion and supports & assists the department in campus wide diversity and inclusion initiatives
- Provide faculty & staff with the knowledge, understanding, tools and language to effectively engage a multicultural campus
Student Programming + Support
Providing Advising and Leadership Development
- The Minority Student Association
- The DEEP Program (Diversity Educators Engaging PEACE: A Peer Educator Program)
Providing Support & Advocacy
- Diversity Town Hall Meetings (campus wide)
- Listening Tour meetings (small meeting with sub-sets of the campus population)
- D&I Graduate Intern—planning campus programs and meeting with students
Celebrating Difference & Community Building
- Hispanic/Latinix Heritage month programs; Martin Luther King Day Programming, National Coming Out Day, Diversity Week, LGBT History Month; Trans Day of Remembrance, National Day of Silence and more
- CommUNITY Fest, Visiting Raleigh area community festivals, etc.
Providing Training & Education
- Inclusive Leadership & diversity training for Student Government, student organizations, Resident Assistants, peer mentors, and Orientation Leaders, etc
- Ally and Ally+ Training, Diversity @WPU Training Program
William Peace University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of any student. This nondiscriminatory policy also applies to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university and to the administrators, faculty and staff and to the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.