Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) is a national liberal arts and sciences university with a major international presence. Already honored as one of the nation’s finest liberal arts undergraduate institutions, OWU is moving ahead with bold curricular initiatives that connect theory to practice in a global context. Vice President Craig Ullom leads the Division of Student Affairs, comprised of 40 full-time and 10 part-time staff members across eight departments, including career services, counseling services, multicultural student affairs, public safety, residential life, student conduct, student health services and student involvement.
The Division of Student Affairs at OWU believes that the celebration of diversity and advocacy for inclusion is the difference between some and all students succeeding, learning and growing. Through strategic engagement of diversity and inclusive excellence, the division promotes the educational mission of the institution for all students. Whether on a service trip or living in the residence hall, OWU student affairs staff members utilize intentional, intergroup dialogue around areas of difference to facilitate understanding and ultimately create a transformational educational experience for students, faculty and staff. Andrew Peterson, assistant director of residential life, reflects: “Without such dialogue, we are merely a shell of the community we could become.” But with it, OWU’s Division of Student Affairs is so much more.
Indeed, diversity and inclusion are core tenets of success for the Division of Student Affairs. Staff members enjoy many benefits of employment, including competitive salaries, continuing educational opportunities, caregiving leave, stress reduction programs and flexible work schedules. Employment benefits also reflect a deep commitment to social justice. Residential Life Coordinator Levi J. Harrel remarks: “Diversity is something that we can all work to better understand, but it is also something that we must live in order to gain an authentic understanding.” Authentic understanding, inclusive excellence and the liberal arts tradition all come together to make Ohio Wesleyan one of the “30+ Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.”
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