June 27, 2018
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Those words from Barack Obama greet visitors to the Institute for Inclusion and Equity, the newest “office space” on campus. Images of Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. line the walls. Norman Rockwell’s iconic “The Problem We All Live With” is placed outside of a flexible classroom space. Inside that classroom, the simple phrase “Love Wins” stands out among powerful imagery and striking art.
Near the entrance, a photo of Unity House, which stood as part of the Ursinus campus for 100 years, hangs in homage to the former “studio cottage,” once home to the Office of Diversity. Centrally located on the lower level of Wismer Center, at the hub for student life on campus, the institute serves to better coordinate dialogue, programming and activities around issues of equity, diversity and social justice. The IIE supports the larger mission of the college, preparing students for leadership in an increasingly complex, diverse and interdependent world.