Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement



Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Objective C
Recruit and retain a nationally/internationally recognized diverse, learning centered faculty and staff.

  • The vice president for multicultural affairs and community engagement in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Equity and Inclusion implemented standardized search committee training.
  • The College of Science and Mathematics instituted diversity/equity issues training sessions for all search committee chairs.
  • Diversity is exemplified among the 11 university deans as the deans council includes six female members, three men of international birth, and two African Americans.

Objective D
Enhance the quantity and quality of dialogue with our various communities to ensure our academic relevance and distinctiveness.

  • Wright State continues to foster and explore innovation through diversity on campus with the Diversity in the Multicultural Millennium Conference, whose 2013 theme was Affirmative Action: 52 Years of Debate.
  • The Division of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement was created, and Kimberly Barrett, Ph.D., was hired as the vice president for multicultural affairs and community engagement.



Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.

Objective A
Improve the enrollment and retention of direct-from-high-school, graduate and nontraditional student populations.

  • The Multicultural Centers expanded the Pathways new student success program to include more sessions on academic success for a larger range of students, including first-generation students, students of color, and student’s families.
  • Student Government, Rainbow Alliance, the Office of Student Activities, the Women’s Center, and Counseling and Wellness Services created the GLBTQA Resource Room and trained nearly 400 people in the Safe Space Program to enhance diversity appreciation.

Objective B
Enhance the academic success of students.

  • The Division of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement presented data to the president’s cabinet and deans’ council on campus culture and the relative success of students of color to identify opportunities to improve student success.
  • In 2012, the Diversity Inclusion Committee offered student scholarships for products addressing the impact of diversity on their professional development.



Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.

Objective C
Foster discovery at all levels in the educational pipeline (K–16+)

  • The Upward Bound precollege program enhanced the academic skills of eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students from first-generation college and low-income families.
  • The student organization Black Men on the Move operated a mentoring program at Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton.



Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.

Objective B
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.

  • The vice president for multicultural affairs and community engagement in collaboration with the Wright State Foundation created a Social Entrepreneurship Fund to support the implementation of creative, paradigm-shifting ideas to address some of our communities’ most significant needs.