Iowa Wesleyan University has a long history of diversity, being among the first institutions in the United States to grant degrees to women in 1859, graduating African-American students as early as 1885, and welcoming international students to campus as early as 1890.  Iowa Wesleyan was also the first college in Iowa to receive membership in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).


Students are encouraged to bring their cultures and traditions to campus, many international students do through the Center for International Education and the International Student Organization.  Students also engage in other diversity-inclusive student organizations, such as Black Student Union, FUSE, International Club, and Gay/Straight Alliance to name a few.

Student-Led Diversity-Inclusive Organizations

A Message From The University President From June 2020