Diversity at Wartburg

When you think of Wartburg, would you say it’s a diverse college? Personally, I think diversity is one of the things that Wartburg strives for. As a college that’s located in the small town of Waverly, Iowa, it can be difficult to develop and attract a diverse student community. The college experience, in general, should be one that’s filled with diverse experiences that make a better, more well-rounded student. Wartburg’s 2016 to 2017 enrollment was 1,482 students. Of those 1,482 students, 48% are men and 52% are women. Those 1,482 students come from 28 states in the United States and 58 countries including the United States. Of Wartburg’s 1,482 students, 193 are students of color from the United States, and 131 are international students.  These 324 students make up the diverse student population at Wartburg. In total, the student body belongs to more than 25 Christian denominations and eight world religions. There are approximately 450 students involved in music on campus, making up 30% of the student body. There about 600 students who are involved in athletics. As you can see, Wartburg is a diverse community that helps its students become more well-rounded people and ready for the real world.

Diversity at RICE Day

April 11, 2017, was Wartburg’s sixth annual RICE Day celebration. RICE stands for Research, Internship, and Creative Endeavor Day.  It recognizes student achievement in and out of the classroom, and showcases Wartburg’s academic and co-curricular diversity across the disciplines. This day allows all students to see the diverse possibilities and opportunities at Wartburg College. I saw a lot of different academic presentations at RICE Day, but what fascinated me the most was the amount of diverse subjects being researched in the social sciences. I will highlight two of them in this post.

The first poster I’m going to talk about was titled “House Ventilation in Kenya” and was created by Emma Fuhs and Clay Henning. This group designed a stove that will reduce exposure to emissions and improve the overall health of the user and produce economic opportunities for Kenyan entrepreneurs. They believe that if this design was implemented, it would help save 4.3 million people’s lives annually from lung cancer because it would give proper ventilation. The design they came up with will reduce exposure to CO2 emissions by 90%. They estimate the cost to be around $50 and last for 15 years and could really help communities in Kenya.

The second poster I visited was titled “Capsaicinoid Concentration in the Carolina Reaper” and was created by Lily Zheng and Tessa Helmle. This group looked into the development of capsaicinoid in the Carolina Reaper, which is currently the hottest pepper in the world. The group researched the development of capsaicinoid, the chemical which makes peppers hot. They wanted to know the point in the pepper’s development when the pepper is at its hottest. They found that capsaicinoid develops in the pepper during weeks 1-4, and at week 4 it is at its highest. After 5 weeks, capsaicinoid starts to taper off.

As you can see, RICE Day showcases Wartburg’s academic and co-curricular diversity across the disciplines. Wartburg College is an amazing place where you can truly follow whatever passion you have.

Diversity within Wartburg

In an ever changing world Wartburg makes strides to incorporate as many students into the school as possible; no matter the location, race, religion, etc. According to http://www.wartburg.edu/diversity/, we have students from 28 states and 56 countries. This is surprising to me personally because there are twice as many countries represented at Wartburg than states. Although, this could be because students within the United States are exposed to a variety of colleges in their surrounding areas. Thus, choosing other schools rather than Wartburg. Whereas the international students do not have the ability to do this as easily.

Within the website, it also says that students of color make up 19% of the student body. While the website does not give a clear definition to races that fall into the term “of color”, I am still surprised at how low this number is. I am surprised by this statistic because by viewing and being on campus for almost two years now, I feel as if this number would have been higher.

Along with these statistics, Wartburg College represents 25+ Christian denominations. Additionally, the college represents eight world religions. This is relatively diverse for a Lutheran college. In today’s society, I have a hard time believing that a majority of students decide on a college strictly in regards to the college’s main denomination. Wartburg also works with students of other religions when it comes to required religion courses. While most students take RE 101, which focuses on the bible in a general sense. They also offer a world religions course which accommodates for those students. I took RE 101 this past fall semester and found the course very interesting. From a religion aspect Wartburg does well in including world religions.

While Wartburg has a small student population, we have a surprising representation of the world population. Religiously, racially, and geographically Wartburg makes strides to be diverse in all of these categories. I am lucky to have the opportunity to be exposed to such a diverse student body.

Diversity within Wartburg

In an ever changing world Wartburg makes strides to incorporate as many students into the school as possible; no matter the location, race, religion, etc. According to http://www.wartburg.edu/diversity/, we have students from 28 states and 56 countries. This is surprising to me personally because there are twice as many countries represented at Wartburg than states. Although, this could be because students within the United States are exposed to a variety of colleges in their surrounding areas. Thus, choosing other schools rather than Wartburg. Whereas the international students do not have the ability to do this as easily.

Within the website, it also says that students of color make up 19% of the student body. While the website does not give a clear definition to races that fall into the term “of color”, I am still surprised at how low this number is. I am surprised by this statistic because by viewing and being on campus for almost two years now, I feel as if this number would have been higher.

Along with these statistics, Wartburg College represents 25+ Christian denominations. Additionally, the college represents eight world religions. This is relatively diverse for a Lutheran college. In today’s society, I have a hard time believing that a majority of students decide on a college strictly in regards to the college’s main denomination. Wartburg also works with students of other religions when it comes to required religion courses. While most students take RE 101, which focuses on the bible in a general sense. They also offer a world religions course which accommodates for those students. I took RE 101 this past fall semester and found the course very interesting. From a religion aspect Wartburg does well in including world religions.

While Wartburg has a small student population, we have a surprising representation of the world population. Religiously, racially, and geographically Wartburg makes strides to be diverse in all of these categories. I am lucky to have the opportunity to be exposed to such a diverse student body.