Affirmative Action

It is the policy of Western Washington University, as a Federal contractor, to develop and implement written Affirmative Action compliance programs in order to assure applicants and employees the right to equal employment opportunities. Pursuant to the University's policies on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation, Implementing Affirmative Action Program and in accordance with applicable State and Federal law, the University will not engage in discriminatory practices against any person employed or seeking employment because of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, or genetic information.

Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs)

Copies of Western's AAP for Women & Minorities, and AAP for Protected Veterans and People with Disabilities, are available for inspection by any applicant or employee upon request. The AAPs may be viewed during normal work hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday) at Western's Equal Opportunity Office, located at Old Main 345; at Western's Office of Human Resources, located on the second floor of the Humanities Building; or at Special Collections, on the sixth floor of Wilson Library (11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday).

Summary of Faculty & Staff Demographics

Employee demographics contained in the 2018 AAP for Women and Minorities ¹
  Total WWU Employees Women ² Racial/Ethnic Minority ³
Faculty ⁴ 965 487 50.47% 170 17.62%
Staff 1437 817 56.85% 241 16.77%
Total 2402 1304 54.29% 411 17.11%

¹ Source of Data: Banner HR; WWU 2018 AAP for Women and Minorities. Data includes persons employed at any FTE.

² Minority women are included in numbers for both women and minorities.

³ 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.

⁴ Faculty numbers include tenure track and non-tenure track faculty.


Page Updated 08.02.2018