The SPACE framework centers race and infuses equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice across and throughout the WSU Vancouver campus fabric. The Office of Equity and Diversity empowers the campus community to construct an antiracist foundation and build inclusive, just and equitable SPACE via the following action pillars:
The Office of Equity and Diversity disrupts systemic barriers, including systemic racism, with strategies that infuse equity into university policies, processes and practices. This support establishes the groundwork to acknowledge strengths of and to center and advocate for Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color and historically underrepresented people, including WSU Vancouver faculty, staff, students and alumni.
The Office of Equity and Diversity amplifies the voices, elevates the lived experiences, and understands the needs of historically and systemically underrepresented people. The office encourages shared responsibility with the campus community for this work, and applies thoughtful leadership, action, and collaborative partnership to advance equity, belonging and justice at WSU Vancouver.
The Office of Equity and Diversity utilizes equity-minded inquiry, including qualitative and quantitative evidence to guide its practice. The office utilizes a racial equity lens to question assumptions, disaggregate data, receive vital information about why equity gaps exist, identify cultural wealth, and to report this information through antiracist, inclusive and innovative measures to ensure accountability at WSU Vancouver.
The Office of Equity and Diversity normalizes equity-mindedness in all forms of communication in an effort to increase visibility and representation of equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice at WSU Vancouver. The office is in relationship with every member and unit of the campus community and maintains authentic, empowering and transparent communication across individuals and groups, including historically underrepresented populations and accomplices.
The Office of Equity and Diversity provides antiracist, culturally responsive, and equity-minded education to the WSU Vancouver campus community. This enrichment provides action resources and change agency tools to disrupt systemic oppression, dismantle systemic racism, and build a community of equity and inclusive excellence where Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, and historically underrepresented people may thrive, including WSU Vancouver students, faculty and staff.