Willamette’s Graduate Programs celebrate and embrace students from all walks of life and viewpoint. Our students have lived and studied abroad, speak several languages, worked in the education and health industries, have been members of Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and have served in the military. They have every undergraduate major conceivable from hundreds of fine academic institutions domestic and international. The age range of our students is typically very broad, 21 to 50 plus, and bring a wonderful blend of ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Diversity Initiatives and Activities
Willamette's graduate students may participate in a number of University-sponsored diversity activities, including those through the Office of International Education. Throughout the year, special events and activities that celebrate and recognize students of color and students from nations outside the United States are held on campus and within each graduate school. Over 30% of the students who enroll in Willamette's MBA programs through the Atkinson Graduate School of Management hail from countries outside the U.S.
A number of clubs and organizations, focused solely on the graduate-level, are available to all students. The International Graduate Student Association (IGSA), housed at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, hosts a number of activities and events during the year, including the IGSA dinner - a showcase of dance, music and food from countries around the world.
Statement of Equal Opportunity and Compliance
Willamette University is a diverse community that provides equal opportunity in employment, activities, and its academic programs. The University shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status with regard to pregnancy, disability or age. Willamette is firmly committed to adhere to the letter and spirit of all federal and state equal opportunity and civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and their implementing regulations.