Dr. Lusharon Wiley
Associate Dean of Students
Dr. Lusharon Wiley has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of inclusion and diversity. She is the Associate Dean of Students for Inclusion Services and Programs. As a participant in the creation of a global society, she is committed to creating opportunities for broad based cultural and social engagement through annual events and programs that focus on increasing understanding and fostering dialogue among different groups.
She believes that making campus life inclusive requires looking beyond what students learn in the classroom to what they do outside of the classroom. Dr. Wiley seeks to advance and foster creative and innovative ways of focusing discussions on topics that are provocative while gradually leading the learner to become more aware of diverse issues through self-discovery and discourse in a safe environment. Like Coleman (2009), she believes that goals must be “mission-driven” and that activities and programs must be intentional.
Two of the most cutting edge and mission driven services provided through Inclusion Services and Programs are the Common Ground Diversity and Inclusion Training Group and the Inclusion Series Spotlight. The Common Ground group includes students and staff who engage in discourse at two levels. First, within group discussions that probes belief systems, the cycle of socialization, and the social creation of identity. Through self examination and examination and cultural interchange with others, the Common Ground facilitators are trained to engage others in discussion through interactive activities and reflection. The goal is to increase awareness and plant the seeds for thinking beyond the obvious. Common Ground believes that change begins with the “person in the mirror.”
The "Spotlight" series provides opportunities for the campus community to learn more about people in the community and how their lived experiences helped shape them into who they are today. Participants in the spotlight share their lived experiences in the context of inclusion and exclusion and engage in cross cultural and cross-generational discussions with the audience.
Dr. Wiley believes there must be intentionality in fostering and building inclusive campuses. The learner (we are all learners) must look outside, around and under the box. Each person must seek to understand and to be understood. Ultimately, the goal is to help create an environment that encourages the development of the whole person and enhances the quality of the college experience for all persons.