Diversity at Western

The community of Western Washington University respects and embraces all identities and experiences. We encourage students, staff, and faculty to bring their unique thoughts and practices to the conversation. We believe that diversity is immeasurable and practice inclusion within the classroom, beyond the classroom, and throughout our community.


  • Undergraduate StudentsStudents Stephanie Gallardo and Francisco Ivarra, wear two stoles representing their involvement and contribution to Western's Ethnic Student Center and MEChA organization while walking hand-in-hand during at commencement.
  • StaffTed Pratt, Dean of Students, works closely with the Associated Students Board of Directors at the beinning of the year to help in development of a strategic plan.
  • FacultyJoanne DeMark, Leadership Development Specialist, cofacilitates a workshop on building community during a student conference.
  • Employees and Student StaffWestern's Student Admissions Representatives (StARs), a diverse group of student staff members in the Office of Admissions, help serve prospective students and lead campus tours for students and their familie0.
  • AlumniWWU alumni Jim and Jane Higginson ('67 Woodring College of Education) and Bob and Marilyn Monahan were among the volunteers for the annual Compass 2 Campus Tour.
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Engaging in Leadership

Western offers a variety of different opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to engage in leadership on and off campus.
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Finding Community

Taking into consideration the various backgrounds of which our campus is made up, Western fosters an environment in which every student, staff, or faculty member can find and build community.
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Our Focus

Western continues to prepare students for an increasingly complex and diverse society. Driving innovation, perseverance, and success, our family of active thinkers and leaders engage in exciting opportunities to develop and shape academic and multicultural identities.

Commitment to Inclusion

From Admissions to our seven academic colleges to the Alumni Office, valuing diversity excellence, equity, and inclusion are central to Western Washington University’s mission.  Western provides an atmosphere where students, faculty, and staff interact and engage in effective and courageous conversations, modeling a process of social development through civil discourse.

Page Updated 02.12.2014