Student Life at BW

Multicultural Student Services

A resource and advocate of diverse students, the office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) offers educational and social programming aimed at the personal development, retention, and success of its students. Multicultural Student Services works with existing offices and organizations to promote systemic change by increasing social interaction and developing diversity and leadership training. To that end, Multicultural Student Services works directly with a number of diverse student organizations on campus helping create an inclusive and welcoming environment for the entire BW community.

Multicultural Student Services
118 Beech St.
Melanie Jones
Director of Multicultural Student Services
(440) 826-8520
(440) 826-3484 (fax)


Allies is the on-campus organization for straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to come together in an accepting, open environment and discuss issues that are of importance to the gay and straight communities. Allies works to diminish stereotypes and misconceptions directly related to sexual orientation. The goal of Allies is the promotion of peace and acceptance in all human relations through outreach and education. Visit the Allies website for more information.

Black Student Alliance (BSA)
BSA is open to all students and geared toward enhancing knowledge of the African-American culture through educational programs while striving for unity on campus.

Hillel serves as a source of fellowship for Jewish students as well as a resource for non-Jewish students interested in learning more about Judaism. Hillel creates an inclusive space for Jewish students through which they can participate in Jewish life and be a part of Jewish community at Baldwin Wallace.

Hispanic American Student Association (HASA)
The purpose of HASA, which is open to all students, is to promote awareness and appreciation of the Hispanic culture through educational and social opportunities.

Men in Action (MIA)
The mission of Men in Action is to educate young black men about the importance of social, financial, ethical and political values. The organization encourages members to step out of their comfort zone, volunteer in the community and create a positive environment for future generations.

Middle Eastern Culture Club (MECC)
MECC is an organization that brings together members of the BW community who have a background or an interest in Middle Eastern cultures. They sponsor social, cultural and educational activities on campus to promote awareness of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East.

People of Color United (POCU)
POCU is an umbrella entity for student organizations that have more specific ethnic and cultural programming as their main focus, including the Black Cultural Center, Black Student Alliance, JacketLink, Hispanic American Student Association, Multicultural Affairs and the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir.

Promoting Our Women's Resources and Experiences (POWRE)
The purpose of POWRE is to bring together students who have an interest in issues pertaining to women and creating positive experiences through advocating for social change. POWRE's goal is to bring awareness to BW and surrounding communities about issues that affect women including, but not limited to, eating disorders, breast cancer, body image issues, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Voices of Praise Gospel Choir (VOP)
The purpose of VOP, a multicultural choir, is to promote, preserve and present gospel music as a sacred, authentic art form. Visit VOP on Facebook


Baldwin Wallace celebrates outstanding multicultural students each spring at the Obie Bender Awards ceremony. The annual awards are named for Dr. Obie Bender ’62, who was an officer of the University for 36 years. Throughout his tenure Bender provided exceptional leadership as a BW administrative liaison and was responsible for intercollegiate athletics, campus security and the health and physical education and recreation facilities.

Students are recognized in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Senior
  • Outstanding Junior Scholarship
  • Outstanding Sophomore Scholarship
  • Outstanding First Year Scholarship
  • Community Service
  • Jacket Link/Mentoring
  • Global Citizens
  • Student Organization of the Year