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Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity

Building a campus culture of inclusive excellence.

Our university has a strong commitment to fostering an inclusive community at Western. Through ongoing education, attention to cultural differences and a focus on social and intellectual growth, we strive to provide a healthy and supportive academic environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Our Commitment

Our commitment to DEI at Western.

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.

Developing tomorrow’s leaders

From cybersecurity experts to social workers and teachers, Western Colorado University graduates become preeminent and culturally literate leaders in their fields.

Where education meets inclusion

From orientation to graduation and beyond, we strive to build an educational environment that respects and celebrates the identities and experiences of all students.

DEI Committee Charge

Western’s DEI Committee exists to translate our diversity statement into meaningful action.

The Board of Trustees 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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Inclusive Excellence

What is inclusive excellence?

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

Language matters

Words, and the vocabularies they comprise, are essential to communicating openly and honestly.

Guiding Definitions

Defining the pillars of DEI.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity are the pillars of our commitment to the Western community. Discover how these terms are translated into meaningful action below.

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.

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

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

Yo Soy Western - "I am Western"

News & Research

Alina Luna joins water equity task force

Luna Named to State Water Equity Task Force

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day of dialogue

Western Participates in ‘Day of Dialogue’

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Brad Baca funding conversation

Western Joins Colorado Funding Conversation

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uncomfortable conversations

Having an Uncomfortable Conversation

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Students in Classroom

New Humanities and Diversity Minor Teaches Vital Soft Skills

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Dr. Alina Luna, professor

English Professor, Alina Luna, Encourages Students to Take the Lead

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IME Mexican Government Partnership Scholarship

Western Partners with Mexican Government for New Scholarship Funds

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School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies announces recipients of Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence

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Western professor recognized with prestigious Ohtli Award

Western professor recognized with prestigious Ohtli Award

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BSA hosts Black History Month cultural events, featuring poet Kai Davis

BSA hosts Black History Month cultural events, featuring poet Kai Davis

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