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Welcome to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

Teaching cultural competency and inclusivity is the monarch of this office. Our goal is to collaborate with faculty, staff and community members to create an inclusive learning environment where every student has the potential to succeed in our rich curricular and co-curricular opportunities prepare students for careers and lives of meaning and purpose. We sponsor, co-sponsor, and support academic, social and cultural events on campus that are open to the community. Our events include cultural heritage celebrations, annual diversity trainings, student leadership conferences and more.

Feel free to contact our office or make an appointment to visit if you have any questions or would like to get involved. If you or someone you know is interested in something specific, the ODI can help provide you with information, advice, and/or referrals to additional resources.

Resources

Student Organizations

Organization of Black Collegians (OBC)

The Organization of Black Collegians is an organization founded in December of 1968 with the mission to raise cultural awareness throughout campus. This organization is inclusive and is not specifically for African-American students. Anyone wanting to support diversity and learning about different cultures is welcome.

The LGBT+ Alliance

The LGBT+ Alliance is a student organization that grew from Thiel’s Safe Zone Program. It consists of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and students of other identities that fall under LGBT+ umbrella, as well as supporters of these students and the issues they face. The LGBT+ Alliance is recognized through the Student Government Association and provides many programs on campus to educate the community about LGBT+ issues.

Thiel College (TC) Soldiers for God

Thiel College Soldiers for God is a mime organization with a passion to deliver the word of God and help inspire college students to succeed in and out of the classroom. Each member of TC Soldiers is a spiritual warrior declaring a state of emergency on the lives of both believers and nonbelievers. They boldly declare on the kingdom of darkness and intercede for those of their generation. TC Soldiers firmly believe in 1 Timothy 4:12: “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” TC Soldiers is a group of dimensional thinkers and worshippers with a desire to tap into another level of anointing and excellence.

Women Inspiring the Next Generation (WING)

WING promotes friendship, empowers women through cultural and community affairs and strives to set a standard of respect and responsibility for the entire college community by participating as leaders in a variety of Thiel College clubs and activities. WING promotes community service locally and globally through activities that help local needs and raise funds for global needs.

Black Sisters Connected (BSC)

Black Sister Connected is an organization that was created by a group of African American Women. It was founded by the need to have an exclusive space of like-minded and similar cultured individuals. The goal is to uplift, encourage and remind one another of our own potential. This will be done through the connection of African American Thiel Alumni. In all, we will create a safe and enjoyable space where we discuss and spread our culture while creating a family atmosphere.

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External Resources

Below are a list of links for anyone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of historical and present-day issues of racism in the United States. This list is just a brief introduction to the myriad resources that can be found online.

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