Councils and Units on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice

Accessibility Council

The WSU Vancouver Accessibility Council seeks to provide leadership that will promote and facilitate a campus community in which people with disabilities and those who identify as disabled have equivalent, inclusive and full participation in all campus activities, services and programs. We aim to foster a campus culture that is welcoming and seamless across differences in capacities. In so doing, independence and academic excellence will be promoted as an essential element of diversity

Bias Response Team

The Bias Response Team (BRT) is committed to ensuring that all WSU Vancouver students, staff and faculty experience the campus as a safe, welcoming, and hospitable place, not in spite of, but because of their multiple identities. In the wake of campus unrest, the BRT mobilizes and responds with urgency to reaffirm every individual and restore our campus commitment to equity.

Building a Community of Equity (BaCE)

The Building a Community of Equity Professional Development Program (BaCE) is a cultural competency program for WSU Vancouver faculty and staff. BaCE provides conceptual and practical frameworks, self-reflection and group discussion, skill-building, and action steps to align with and advocate for equity throughout the campus community. BaCE facilitates Goal 4 of the WSU Vancouver strategic plan to promote an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Center for Intercultural Learning and Affirmation (CILA)

The Center for Intercultural Learning and Affirmation strives to cultivate an inclusive community where historically underserved students are affirmed and have sense of belonging at WSU Vancouver. We value intercultural learning, co-curricular programming and service that illuminates the cultural wealth and intersecting identities held by the students of the CILA at WSU Vancouver.

Collective for Social and Environmental Justice (CSEJ)

CSEJ promotes human rights and conflict resolution locally, nationally and globally. We bring WSU faculty, students and community partners together to foster rigorous analysis of social, economic, racial and environmental justice issues.

Cougar Food Pantry

The Cougar Food Pantry is a free resource to benefit students at WSU Vancouver. Students are encouraged to utilize the pantry without conditions, and the process is kept as confidential as possible. The Cougar Food Pantry provides nonperishable items to WSU Vancouver students in need of food.

Council on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI)

The Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is made up of WSU Vancouver faculty, staff, administrators and students. The council promotes diversity awareness, supports diversity-related programming and works to enhance the campus climate for diversity in the broadest senseā€”as a range of ever-changing differences, thinking and personal self-identification practices, rather than any one difference or self-identification. The entire campus represents diversity.

Enrollment Management Council

The overall goal of Enrollment Management Council is to provide recommendations and a roadmap for increasing enrollment and retention.

Equity and Diversity Advisory Board

The Equity and Diversity Advisory Board is a thoughtful and passionate body of community leaders from the Southwest Washington/Portland metro region who represent, assist and make recommendations in accordance with the WSU Vancouver strategic goal to promote an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity.

Equity of Student Outcomes Council (ESOC)

The Equity of Student Outcomes Council examines disparities and similarities in outcomes across student demographics. The council works together to create and suggest transformative strategies to build infrastructure and expand capacity to outreach, recruit, retain, and graduate students from all student populations, including underrepresented and underserved student populations.

Native American Community Advisory Board

The Native American Community Advisory Board consists of appointed members of the community who meet regularly to fulfill its mission. Native American Community Advisory Board members are committed to:

  • Expanding awareness of Native American culture, history, and contemporary issues within the university and the greater community
  • Increasing Native American presence on campus
  • Partnering Washington State University Vancouver with Native American-serving institutions and individuals

Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation

The Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation (CRCI) integrates the principles of equal employment, affirmative action, fairness and equality into all academic and employment activities and practices throughout Washington State University (WSU). File a complaint online.

Office of Equity and Diversity

The Office of Equity and Diversity provides institutional leadership in the campus-wide effort to promote an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice. The Office of Equity and Diversity facilitates SPACE (Support, Partnership, Assessment, Communication and Education) and makes equity-mindedness, cultural responsiveness and inclusive excellence tangible for the WSU Vancouver campus community.

Student Success Council (SSC)

The mission of the Student Success Council is to develop and present evidence-based recommendations to the campus community for achieving the objectives of the strategic goal of student success.

Support and Empowerment for Employees of Color (SEEC)

The Support and Empowerment for Employees of Color (SEEC) Association is an employee resource group that nurtures a deeper sense of belonging, community, empowerment, and visibility for faculty and staff of color at WSU Vancouver. SEEC hosts affirming programs and events, including the Four Cs Reception and the Welcome Back Mixer.

Virtual Gallery of Affirmations

The WSU Vancouver Virtual Gallery of Affirmations is a brave and safe space for students, staff, faculty, and campus partners to receive messages that combat oppression, validate lived experiences, and center equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.