About Western

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Internationalization

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

Western Colorado University takes a firm and unyielding stance in support of diversity, inclusivity, scientific inquiry and creative expression. We believe these principles are necessary for the free and open inquiry that defines our role as a public institution in a democratic society. We acknowledge that these values are also a moral imperative requiring constant vigilance and a firm stance against actions motivated by hate or intimidation. The university welcomes people of color, people with disabilities, people of all genders and orientations, people of all religious preferences, immigrants and refugees regardless of national origin or ethnicity and other underrepresented communities regardless of socioeconomic class. We actively seek to build a civil and respectful culture which affirms these principles in all that we do.

DEII Committee Charge

Western’s DEII Committee exists to turn our diversity statement into action. Both the Board of Trustees and President Greg Salsbury endorsed our Statement on Diversity and Inclusion. It was also authored and adopted by the Faculty Senate, with the ultimate goal of building a campus culture of inclusive excellence.

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What is inclusive excellence?

  • A focus on student intellectual and social growth.
  • A development and use of Western’s resources to enhance student learning.
  • An attention to the cultural differences students bring to Western.
  • A welcoming community that engages its diversity in student and organizational learning.

Guiding Definitions

Diversity: Creating an educational environment that honors the entities, experiences and intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, intellectual abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs and ideologies.

Equity: Understanding where people are coming from and working to ensure fair access to opportunities, services, funding and resources.

Inclusion: Promoting fair, safe, healthy, open and supportive engagement among a diverse community.

Internationalization: Integrating an international and intercultural dimension into the academic and service functions of the university.

Watch the video: Yo Soy Western- “I am Western”


Language Matters

Words, and the vocabularies they comprise, are essential to communicating openly and honestly. Do you know the difference between a “co-conspirator” and an “ally”? Or maybe you’re curious to know more about the difference between “equity” and “equality.” To learn more about the vocabulary of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and internationalization, visit this helpful glossary of terms (compiled by www.ASCCC.org) to learn more!

Contact Information



Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Gunnison, CO 81230