About and Mission
The Bias Response Team is committed to ensuring that students, staff, faculty and guests feel a sense of belonging, safety and welcome to be their authentic selves throughout the fabric of campus. Such a community fosters a more equitable and inclusive campus climate, a goal for which we strive. The mission of the BRT is to:
- Promote a campus community that proactively affirms, encourages and uplifts campus values of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.
- Convene and strategize campus response when incidents disrupt or have the potential to disrupt the learning and/or working environment of the campus community.
- Meet regularly to discuss and develop resources in accordance with culturally responsive and restorative practices to establish a safe and inclusive campus where all students, staff, faculty and guests feel a sense of belonging and opportunity to thrive.
- Help students, staff, faculty and guests in reporting incidents to the WSU Office of Compliance and Civil Rights.
Campus Response to Incidents
- The BRT mobilizes with urgency to reaffirm, reinforce and restore campus values of community, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.
- The BRT provides consistent support, resources and information to campus community in general and in the wake of campus unrest.
- The BRT recommends transparent communication from university and may partner in university response.
Assistance in Reporting Incidents to WSU Office of Compliance and Civil Rights
- BRT members may help students, staff, faculty and guests in locating, completing, and/or submitting an incident report to the WSU Office of Compliance and Civil Rights.
- The BRT does not investigate or serve as investigators of reported incidents of bias and/or discrimination. As mandated reporters, BRT members will consult with CCR on incidents that implicate Executive Policy #15. CCR may conduct investigations or engage in other resolutions for allegations that may implicate EP 15.
Develop Proactive and Culturally Responsive Resources
- The BRT is not punitive. It examines culturally responsive strategies for responding to campus incidents and develops proactive resources to promote a campus climate of safety, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.