August 24, 2016
On CampusDiversity

Celebrating Diversity

Two new organizations have mission to support, encourage and empower minority students

Springfield, Ohio - Two new student-run organizations are enriching the diverse residential experience that defines Wittenberg University. Minority Men Striving to Succeed (M2S2) and Shades of Pearl were created during the 2015-16 school year to support, encourage and empower minority students on campus.

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In partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, M2S2 and Shades of Pearl, both of which were recognized at the annual Student Leadership Awards banquet in April 2016, were founded to foster a diverse community on campus, provide space for minority students to meet and grow together, and enrich the overall student experience.

Shades of Pearl, led in 2016-17 by Kamyia Fletcher, class of 2017 from Cincinnati, Ohio, provides minority women on campus with a sense of community and support. With an emphasis on academics, the organization strives to provide opportunities in leadership, community service and social activities while empowering members to make a difference on Wittenberg's campus.

Similarly, M2S2 provides opportunities to minority men. The program focuses on the construction of masculinity and manhood among minority men by fostering discussion about media, established norms, perceptions and goals. The organization's leader in the 2016-17 school year is Kaiden Evans, class of 2017 from Wauwatosa, Wis.

"M2S2 and Shades of Pearl provide opportunities for students to grow and develop personally, academically, through leadership development, and create supportive communities for students," said Associate Dean of Student Success Jon Duraj. "Members of these organizations not only grow in their connectedness to Wittenberg but also go on to serve in leadership roles across campus and positively shape our community. These groups provide tremendous opportunities for students to join supportive communities that will aid in their success and growth as individuals, men, women, and students."

M2S2 and Shades of Pearl are only two examples of the endless student activities Wittenberg has to offer. For more information, visit Current students can learn more about everything the campus has to offer at the annual Student Involvement Fair from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, on Alumni Way.



Stephanie Glass
Stephanie Glass '17
University Communications

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Wittenberg's curriculum has centered on the liberal arts as an education that develops the individual's capacity to think, read, and communicate with precision, understanding, and imagination. We are dedicated to active, engaged learning in the core disciplines of the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education grounded in the liberal arts. Known for the quality of our faculty and their teaching, Wittenberg has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any four-year institution in the state. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in community service, sustainability, and intercollegiate athletics. Located among the beautiful rolling hills and hollows of Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg offers more than 100 majors, minors and special programs, enviable student-faculty research opportunities, a unique student success center, service and study options close to home and abroad, a stellar athletics tradition, and successful career preparation.

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