Even though Willamette is a small college with a small student population, there is a significant amount of diversity on campus. In addition to racial and ethnic diversity, there is substantial geographic, religious, and cultural diversity. Willamette is home to students from across the United States in addition to many international students. Willamette is also home to Tokyo International University of America (TIUA), which brings 100 to 150 Japanese students to campus to study and live with Willamette students every year.
Willamette builds off the diversity of its student body by supporting several multicultural clubs and events, as well as school-sponsored programs and discussions around social justice and diversity. For students interested in diversity and social justice, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of the Chaplains are great programs in which to become involved. For students seeking to experience other cultures, there are numerous cultural events every week on campus, ranging from the annual Luau and Pow Wow events to food nights with the Spanish Club. A student could easily learn to cook food from Bolivia, eat French pastries, and experience Japanese music in a week at Willamette. The diversity at Willamette is greatly supported by the fact that the majority of Willamette students will study abroad during their time at Willamette. When these students return from studying abroad, they bring back with them some of the culture of the country they lived in and further increase Willamette’s cultural diversity.