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Multicultural Development

Wheaton is committed to promoting the full flourishing of students of diverse backgrounds and provides opportunities for majority students to engage with issues of diversity. With resources such as the Office of Multicultural Development and the leadership of our Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer, our goal is to make Wheaton feel like home to students of every ethnicity.

We are committed to providing opportunities to address these issues first from the perspective of our unity in Christ. OMD works with the student organizations to provide multiple venues for fellowship, reflection, friendship, cultural celebration and addressing contemporary issues of diversity. Each of the organizations offer these venues out of gratitude for the gifts the Lord has given us in each of our distinct cultural backgrounds.

Culture-based Organizations

In response to Christ's love, Wheaton Koinonia exists to glorify God through the unique cultures of the Asian community.

Unidad Cristiana, which means Christian Unity, strives to live out the full meaning of that name. We desire to come together through the unity that we have in Christ and out of that unity to celebrate and explore Latino cultures.

The William Osborne Society exists to foster community among the Black students on campus as well as create opportunities for the Wheaton campus as a whole to learn about and experience Black Culture.

Multi-ethnic Organizations

1-2-1 provides upperclassmen that serve as mentors, encouragers, guides, and friends to first-year students.

The Gospel Choir's purpose is to worship and serve God and to spread His good news in song to "the nations" through black Gospel music.  

The Shalom Community is a living and learning community born out of a partnership between Residence Life and the Office of Multicultural Development. It’s an opportunity for like-minded students to share their common interests as well as their living space as well.

Summit Scholars are students who received either the Don & Ann Church, Nieves, or BRIDGE Scholarships.  The Summit Scholars program exists to further the mission of Wheaton College by equipping these scholars in academics, leadership, discipleship, and vocation through a supportive community of faculty, staff, and peers. 

Office of Multicultural Development Staff

 

Billye Kee

Acting Director

billye.kee@wheaton.edu
630.752.7056

B.S. Human Development & Family Life, University of Alabama
Certificate in Management, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio                 

Billye is a “developer” who finds joy in watching others reach their potential.  During her 13 years at Wheaton, she previously worked as Telephone Services Manager, Career Coach and now serves in the Office of Multicultural Development. Although she spent two decades in corporate telecommunications, she defines her vocational calling as encouraging and supporting the development of others. She is married to Chip Kee and they have one daughter, Krista.

 

Tanya Egler

Gospel Choir Director/Program Assistant

tanya.egler@wheaton.edu
630.752.5251

Tanya Egler has enjoyed the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Wheaton College Gospel Choir for 28 years. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where she grew up in a singing family that fostered her love for God and music.

Tanya earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. She and her husband Calvin '95 are co-founders of Passion Ministries. They are blessed to have three young adult children who love and serve God.

 

 

Hee-Jung Kim

Office Coordinator

heejung.kim@wheaton.edu
630.752.5028

Hee-Jung joined the Office of Multicultural Development in December 2013 as Office Coordinator. As a former international student herself she understands the important role the Office of Multicultural Development has in helping minority students become acclimated to Wheaton College.

She has enjoyed, not only connecting with students and staff members, but also helping them to reach their visions and goals. In her free time, she loves nature walking, gardening, doing DIY projects, traveling with her family, and cooking Korean foods.

 

 

Tuwa Karnley

Graduate Resident Adviser

tuwa.karnley@my.wheaton.edu
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B.A., International Studies, Spelman College, '15
M.A. in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership, Wheaton College, '19

Tuwa Karnley is pleased to have the opportunity to serve in the OMD this year. Tuwa was born in Atlanta, GA but spent most of her life in the beautiful (read: best) state of Maryland. In 2015 she earned her BA in International Studies with a concentration in Development from Spelman College in Atlanta. Following this she spent a year working in youth ministry and outreach at her church in Maryland. She is now pursuing her MA in Systematic Theology here at Wheaton College and is eager to see what God has in store for these two next years! In her free time Tuwa loves reading, chatting with friends, and craft projects. Stop by the OMD and say hello! 

 

Jason Cheng 

Graduate Resident Assistant

jason.cheng@my.wheaton.edu

B.A., Accounting & Finance, University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana
M.A., Biblical Studies, Wheaton College, '18
M.A., Biblical Exegesis, Wheaton College, In Progress

Jason Cheng is pleased to be working in the OMD this year. He completed his Master’s in Biblical Studies at Wheaton in the summer of 2018 and is now pursuing a second Master’s in Biblical Exegesis. Before taking on this role, Jason spent seven years working in corporate America across a variety of roles and industries. His undergraduate degree was in accounting and finance from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Jason is passionate about ethnic ministry and seeing how different ethnicities can come together and picture the gospel in unique ways.

Apart from work and school, Jason enjoys both playing and watching sports. He is an avid Chicago fan (Cubs, Bulls, Bears) and enjoys playing tennis, and basketball.