Accessibility, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

 

At Western Washington University we see equity, justice, and inclusion as fundamental principles integral to our success.  We value diverse experiences and perspectives, and strive to create learning, living, and working environments that promote respect, access, opportunity, and equity for all.

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Accessibility Diversity Equity Inclusion

Goals

Advancing Inclusive Success

Increasing Washington Impact

Enhancing Academic Excellence

Learning

Traditions

Accountability

2024-25 Targets

Overall First-year Retention Rate

87 - 90%

  • Students of Color: 87 - 90%
  • Pell Grant Eligible: 87 - 90%
Overall six-year graduation rate

75 -  80%

  • Students of Color: 75 - 80%
  • Pell Grant Eligible: 75 - 80%
Overall transfer four-year graduation rate

75 - 80%

  • Students of Color: 75 - 80%
  • Pell Grant Eligible: 75 - 80%
Percent Students of color

30 - 35%

Percent Faculty of color

18 - 23%

Climate Metrics

 

Updates on Current ADEI Initiatives

Action Implementation/Next Steps

Hire Director of Multicultural Student Services

Hired in September 2021.

Hire Retention Counselor for African American and Black students

The search process is in progress.

Structural Equity and Bias Response Team (SET)

Launched fall 2020. SET report on University Budgeting Through a DEI lens expected by end of spring quarter 2021.

ADEI leadership education/training

ADEI training for executive and academic leadership, based on Kathy Obear’s Creating Inclusive Organizations framework started in August 2020 and culminated in May 2021.

Mandatory ADEI training for students (in addition to sexual assault prevention training)

Launched spring 2021.

ADEI training for new and existing employees including senior leadership

Planned for 2021-22.

 

Research existing campus building namesakes, and appoint a legacy review committee for Huxley College of the Environment

Legacy Review Task Force charged in late fall 2020 to review names associated with buildings and colleges, including Huxley College of the Environment, and recommend to the President and Board of Trustees whether any names should be considered for removal. Task Force report and recommendations due by end of spring quarter 2021.

Name new residence hall after one of Western’s first notable Black graduates

Board of Trustees approved naming of new residence hall after Alma Clark Glass, the first Black student to attend Western in 1906, in December 2020.  New residence hall will include Black affinity housing, and be ready for occupancy fall 2021.

Climate survey conducted by USC Center for Urban Education

Launch Fall 2021.

Sign on to the Okanagan Charter and make a commitment to become a health promoting institution.

Complete review process summer 2021.

Ethnic Studies curriculum

Ethnic studies funding request funded by the legislature for $1.2 million per biennium during the 2021 legislative session. Ethnic Studies faculty working on development of content and curriculum for the program ongoing.

Add a General University Requirement focused on African American studies and structural anti-Black racism

The Faculty Senate has initiated a process, led by the Committee on Undergraduate Education, on reframing and updating the General University Requirements to include a set of courses to help students understand and grapple with issues of power, equity, and justice in the U.S. and in the broader world.

Expand Viking Launch for first generation, Pell Grant eligible and scholarship students

Fall 2021 and ongoing.

Annual institution-wide recognition and celebration of Black History Month, MLK Day and Juneteenth

On January 18, 2021, WWU, in partnership with Whatcom Community College, Northwest Indian College, and Bellingham Technical College, hosted a virtual MLK Day ceremony, attended by nearly 1,000 people, featuring New York Times bestselling author and WWU alumna Ijeoma Oluo (’07), as the keynote speaker. We’re pleased to have secured Ibram X. Kendi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book How to be an Antiracist for our 2022 event.  Work on enhancing and expanding recognitions is ongoing.

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Enrollment Statistics

All Students, Fall 2021

Headcount

All Students: 15,125

Men: 6,376 (42.2%)

Women: 8,749 (57.8%)

Full-time: 13,261 (87.7%)

Part-time: 1,864 (12.3%)

Undergraduate Headcount

Total: 14,215

Full-time: 12,603 (88.7%)

Part-time: 1,612 (11.3%)

Graduate Headcount

Total: 910

Full-time: 658 (72.3%)

Part-time: 252 (27.7%)

Fall 2021 Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

All Students Fall 2020 % of Total
Hispanic 1596 10.6%
Hispanic Ethnicity 578  
Hispanic & White 782  
Hispanic & non-White 236  
American Indian or Alaska Native 270 1.8%
American Indian or Alaska Native Single Race 68  
American Indian & White 202  
Asian 1,725 11.4%
Asian Single Race 963  
Asian & White 762  
Black or African American 491 3.2%
Black or African American Single Race 281  
Black & White 210  
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 72 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Island Single Race 20  
Native Hawaiian & White 52  
International 148 1.0%
Race and ethnicity unknown 322 2.1%
Two or more races: Other 188 1.2%
White 10,313 68.2%
Total 15,125  
Students of Color 4,812 31.8%

Student enrollment by place of origin

More detailed metrics can be found at the Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Inclusive Success

First-to-second Year Retention

Overall: 80%

Underrepresented Minority Students: 72%

Pell Grant eligible: 74%

Six-year Graduation Rate

Overall: 67%

Underrepresented Minority Students: 61%

Pell Grant eligible: 61%

Transfer Four-year Graduation Rate

Overall: 76%

Underrepresented Minority Students: 69%

Pell grant eligible: 74%

Faculty Retention Rates

The following are three year retention statistics, showing how many faculty employed in a given year remained employed three years later. For example, in the All Faculty table, the first column for 2010 has a value of 69%. This means that 69% of all faculty employed in fall 2010 were also employed in fall 2013.

These data are broken down by Tenure Status*, gender, and Faculty of Color Status**.

Faculty retirements lower measured retention rates. To account for this, we also present the retention rates of faculty who are under the age of 59 on the hypothesis that faculty who leave WWU before 59 are not retiring. 59 has been used because it coincides with when people can start drawing from tax-deferred retirement accounts. This second table is potentially better at demonstrating the mobility of faculty for reasons other than retirements.

*Tenure status reported is the tenure status of the faculty member at the start of the three-year period.
**Faculty of Color are reported per IPEDS guidelines. Race categories include: American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Hispanic; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; or two or more races. 

Retention rates for all faculty

All Faculty
3 Year Rate 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  69% 71% 75% 73% 73% 72%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty
3 Year Rate 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
All   49% 53% 62% 59% 58% 57%
Female 48% 52% 62% 61% 58% 56%
Male 52% 55% 61% 56% 58% 58%
Faculty of Color 44% 39% 68% 74% 57% 56%
Non Faculty of Color 50% 54% 61% 58% 58% 57%
Tenured  and Tenure Track Faculty
3 Year Rate 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
All 86% 87% 86% 86% 86% 85%
Female 87% 88% 86% 86% 86% 85%
Male 85% 87% 86% 85% 86% 85%
Faculty of Color 91% 93% 94% 93% 87% 88%
Non Faculty of Color 85% 86% 85% 84% 86% 85%

Retention rates for faculty under 59

All Faculty under 59
3 Year Rate 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  73% 75% 80% 79% 79% 79%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty under 59
3 Year Rate 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
All 49% 53% 64% 63% 62% 61%
Female 48% 50% 59% 63% 63% 60%
Male 51% 58% 71% 63% 60% 61%
Faculty of Color 41% 35% 73% 75% 56% 50%
Non Faculty of Color 50% 54% 63% 62% 62% 62%
Tenured  and Tenure Track Faculty under 59
3 Year Rate 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
All   93% 93% 92% 92% 91% 94%
Female 94% 93% 92% 93% 90% 93%
Male 92% 94% 93% 91% 91% 94%
Faculty of Color 93% 94% 94% 96% 90% 94%
Non Faculty of Color 93% 93% 92% 91% 91% 94%

Summary of Faculty & Staff Demographics

Employee demographics contained in the 2018 AAP for Women and Minorities
Employee type Total WWU Employees Women Racial/Ethnic Minority
Faculty 965 487 50.47% 170 17.62%
Staff 1437 817 56.85% 241 16.77%
Total 2402 1304 54.29% 411 17.11%

Source of Data: Banner HR; WWU 2018 AAP for Women and Minorities. Data includes persons employed at any FTE.

Minority women are included in numbers for both women and minorities. Racial/ethnic minority includes individuals who self-identified as: Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; or Two or more races. Providing demographic information is voluntary. The totals and percentages in the above table do not include individuals whose demographic information is not available.

Faculty numbers include tenure track and non-tenure track faculty.

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