Diversity Awareness Programs
This is ongoing programming designed to encourage dialogue by exposing students to various diversity related topics. Sponsored monthly, these programs help foster understanding and sensitivity to diverse people, cultures and ideas. Past events included Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American History month, guest lecturers, experiential learning workshops and other cultural activities.
Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a celebration of the life of the late civil rights leader. Held annually during the month of January, this event encourages the entire Wofford community to honor his legacy.
Educational Resources A small lending library of books, videos and articles on various multicultural and diversity issues is available for student, faculty and staff.
Diversity Presentations Diversity Presentations are conducted to heighten sensitivity about important societal issues. Topics regularly presented are related to race and ethnicity, gender differences and inclusive leadership
Wofford's Diversity Milestones
1901- 1904 - Eight women graduated from Wofford; two in each class.
1905 - Japanese student, Buichi Muraoka enrolled at Wofford.
1964 - Wofford became one of the first private colleges in the south to desegregate voluntarily. Albert Gray, '71 enrolled in the fall semester, 1964.
1969 - Doug Jones, '69, was the first African American to graduate from Wofford.
Late 1960s and 70s - Otis Turner, Wofford’s first African American faculty member, was hired.
1970s - The Association of African American Students (AAAS) and the Gospel Choir were formed to meet the cultural needs of Black students.
1973 - Janice B. Means, '73, was the first African American female to graduate from Wofford.
1975 - The college began admitting women as residents.
1979 - Xi Iota City-wide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was chartered by ten young women affiliated with Wofford, Converse College, USC Spartanburg and Limestone College.
1980 - Joyce Payne Yette was the first Wofford female alumnae to be a member of the Board of Trustees.
1988-89 - Stanley Porter, '89 was the first African American student elected as president of the student body.
August 2000 - Wofford creates an Office of Multicultural Affairs with a Director of Multicultural Affairs position.
September 2004 - Association of African American Students (AAAS) changed its name to the Association of Multicultural Students.