Culture and Diversity
Lexington may be a small town, but the breadth of people and cultures here make it feel anything but provincial. W&L is committed to the recruitment and retention of a broad, inclusive student body, faculty and administration who represent a wide range of interests, abilities and cultures. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers programming and student support in the areas of multicultural, religious, GLBTQ and international life.
Students interested in multicultural life have a wide variety of extracurricular options, including a number of vibrant student organizations, as well as two historically black Greek fraternities and two historically black Greek sororities.
Those interested in getting involved with religious life have a number of options as well, ranging from campus-based Bible studies to student groups affiliated with local congregations. The University's Hillel chapter offers community Shabbat services, dinners, social and community service events in a dedicated facility, opened in 2010, which also features a kosher dairy café.
The GLBTQ Resource Center supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning students through peer counseling, programming, education and advocacy, and students can participate in several GLBTQ campus organizations which also offer programming, support and education.
International students are jointly supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for International Education, which assists with the transition to life in the U.S., helping students attain Visas, prepare tax returns and find a host family for their time in Lexington. There are a number of international student organizations on campus, open to all students, which focus on global awareness and cultural exchange. Students who are interested in global learning and service learning are eligible to live in the University's Global Service House, a theme house that sponsors international- and service-based events throughout the year.