Edgewood College Office of Student
Inclusion & Involvement
Blending Student Strategies
|Edgewood College’s Glenna Scholle-Malone (l-r), T. K. Morton and
Anjali Pattanayak spearhead diversity and inclusion efforts at
being planned and executed with that diversity lens and vice versa. We’re really being strategic and mindful that way.”
The intent of the move is to make sure that Edgewood College becomes integrated across campus so that two worlds don’t exist in the same
space that is Edgewood.
“Our hope is that we start seeing more diversity not only in this space — The Center for Diversity & Inclusion — but also across campus in all of
the different programming and events that we have. It is our first year doing this. We know that there will be bumps along the way. But we are
being real strategic about including students in that process and getting their feedback to make sure that we are doing and going about things
the right way because it is essentially for the students. If it’s not working, then we need to know that from them to fix it so that it is.”
The college is taking a very proactive approach to this, not leaving the successful implementation of the effort to chance.
“One of the things that I am really working to do is with the merger of the two offices, we do have two different sets of programming teams with
our students,” said Anjali Pattanayak, assistant director for student diversity and involvement. “We have the ambassadors who have
traditionally been associated with the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion and we have the Campus Activities Board programmers who have
traditionally been associated with student involvement. One of my major goals is to help the students feel like one unified team of programming
students on campus, all with the same goals of having programming on campus that is so enriching and speaks to students’ social, emotional
and stress level wellness but also to challenge their assumptions about the world as well and to engage with people who have different
experiences and different backgrounds than they do. I’m trying to make sure that we have both of those goals in mind and that all of our student
programmers are working towards those goals.”
So far, so good.
“I think it has really been going well,” Scholle-Malone said. “The three of us work very well together and have great energy. Our student
workers who are in charge of a lot of the events and programming are on board. That helps for their peers to be on board. We are setting that
example. If we weren’t able to do that, then we can’t get others to buy into our vision. But because they see that and they see us executing that
well — at least right now — that makes them more open to embracing that change. Some of us have been like, ‘What? Where’s Glenna. She isn’t
in this space anymore. We don’t like this.’ It will take some time for all of us. But change is necessary sometimes. And like I said, we’re
definitely making sure we’re coming together to check ourselves and make sure we’re on the right track. And if not, where did we go wrong?
And how do we redirect ourselves to get back on the right path?”
There are two other efforts that Scholle-Malone’s office is undertaking. Pattanayak is working to help first generation students succeed at
“One of the things that I have decided to do is make September First Generation Celebration Month at Edgewood so that right after orientation,
we’re moving into celebrating our first generation college students and their achievement, whether it is going to college, being a president of a
club, or knocking out those As last year,” Pattanayak said. “We want to celebrate all of those great accomplishments that they have been able to
achieve. And so, we’re going to be giving away t-shirts for our first generation college students that say, ‘I Am a First Generation College
Student’ on the front and ‘Ask Me about My Journey’ on the back. Students and faculty can also get a ‘I Support First Generation College
Students’ and ‘I’m So Proud of Your Accomplishments’ on the back.”
The other effort is the multicultural student achievement program headed up by T.K. Morton.
“We will have monthly workshops and cohort dinners so that students can sit down and build community with each other and also be able to
attend workshops on various things like financial literacy, finding out about classes, and how to navigate Madison as a whole so that students
can gain that knowledge and be able to advocate for themselves,” Morton said. “And we will also have biweekly study sessions that I am
calling Snack and Study. We’ll have tutors from both our writing center and our math lab be able to help students with subjects they are having
trouble with and will have a space to be able to get help with their homework. And students also will meet with me once per month so that we
can get to know each other on a one-to-one basis and be able to figure out ways that I can support them better. And once per semester, we’ll
have an outing off campus so that we can build community and bond with each other.”
The final effort is an emergency fund established with a Great Lakes Dash Emergency Grant.
“We have $141,000 over a two year period to support undergraduate students who meet a specific, expected family contribution for any financial
crisis that comes up,” Scholle-Malone said. “That doesn’t include tuition, campus housing and books. If they need support with child care, need
help paying their rent, or need groceries, they can come and see me or any other designated administrator to get up to a $1,000, one-time grant
that they don’t have to pay back to help them stay and complete college.”
Edgewood is searching for the right combination of services to help all of their students succeed. The result will be in the graduations.
By Jonathan Gramling
Edgewood College did some soul searching last year in terms of its
diversity and inclusion efforts. It asked itself the basic question, “When
do efforts to lend support to students of color and underrepresented
students end up isolating the students the college is trying to support?”
Their answer to that fundamental question resulted in a realignment of
services that Edgewood College provides its students.
Glenna Scholle-Malone has been promoted to assistant dean for student
development and director of student inclusion and involvement. And the
Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion has been merged with the Office
of Student Involvement to form the Office of Student Inclusion &
Involvement under her direction.
“Our student workers from both of those separate offices are now
working together,” Scholle-Malone said. “Programming that would have
traditionally been around multicultural programming and diversity
programming are now partnered with the student workers who oversee
some of our more social events to make sure that our social events are