A Special Orientation for White Students

A Special Orientation for White Students 1

Kristen Schmid for The Chronicle

Rachel Wimberly, a junior at Illinois Wesleyan U., started a campus discussion group about race after attending the Engaging Diversity orientation program.

Many colleges have orientation programs for minority students. Illinois Wesleyan University has one, too. But it offers something most colleges don't: an orientation for white students.

The voluntary three-day program, called Engaging Diversity, is designed to teach first-year white students about issues of racial inequality and white privilege and to encourage them to talk freely about discrimination and diversity.

Meghan Burke, an assistant