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Diversity & Equity Center
Black Hall 101-5
Mon - Thur 10:00am-7:00pm
Fri 10:00am–5:00pm

By Appointment Only:
Mon - Fri 8:00am-10:00am
(509) 963-2127
diversity@cwu.edu

Identity Based & Cultural Programs

The DEC facilitates identity-based and cultural programs in order to affirm students in their identity development, honor lived experiences, and build supportive communities that will sustain students throughout their time at CWU.

  • In the fall quarter, the DEC hosts an LGBT Welcome and Latinx Welcome for incoming students. Additionally, the DEC collaborates with other departments and student clubs and orgs to support a Native American Indigenous Peoples Welcome, Asian American Pacific Islander Welcome, and Black Student Meet & Greet with Faculty.
  • The DEC hosts yearlong affinity groups: the practice of coming together around a shared identity and engaging in conversation about lived experiences.

Drawing of 4 diverse women - Thrive Women of Color Empowerment Program

​​​​​THRIVE: Women of Color Empowerment Program
THRIVE creates supportive and validating spaces for Women of Color (WOC) to be unapologetically themselves, without judgment or criticism. We seek to dismantlethe cycles of dismissing WOC voices, harmful narratives, and hostile environments within predominantly white systems.We focus on developing leadership skills to support WOC students on campus, examining systems of power, privilege, and oppression as it relates to WOC experiences, and building lasting relationships and connections. May 3rd and May 17th 5:30- 7 pm Thrive Gathering and May 31 from 5-7 pm Q*Fam/Thrive End of Year Gathering in Black Hall 105.


Colorful drawing of men and women - Q*FAM

Q*Fam: A 2LGBTQIA+ Support Group
Q*Fam is a support program for 2LGBTQIA+ Identifying students. We engage in study sessions, fun activities, identity exploration, community building, and forming connections with 2LGBTQIA+ identifying faculty and staff across campus. We celebrate and affirm one another as we are. Please join us April 28th from 4-5 pm for Find Your People Bi-Bi-Bi, May 5th from 3:30 - 5 pm for Intersectionality with Q*Fam/Thrive, in Black Hall 105, May 19th from 4-5 pm Tye Dye Q*Fam shirts on lawn outdoors of Black Hall, May 4th 5:30 - 8 pm at Helen House 18-24 night and May 31 from 5-7 pm Q*Fam/Thrive End of Year Gathering in Black Hall 105.


Photos of people - Find Your People First Time In College

Find Your People (FYP)
Find Your People collaborates with student organizations and clubs across campus to facilitate community building opportunities around certain identities. Past FYP events have included: First Time in College, LGBTQ+ BIPOC and Multiracial Students. Please join us April 28th from 4-5 pm for Find Your People Bi-Bi-Bi.

Culture Corner poster with dates

Culture Corner Unpacking social class, identity, classism and its impact on our lives. Please join us for Culture Corner @ the DEC "Commodificaton of Culture" May 10th from 4-5 p.m. and for "Adult-ification of Children of Color" May 24th from 4-5 p.m.


  • The DEC collaborates with student organizations and clubs to host a range of cultural and heritage programs for the campus community. Past collaborations include:
    • Día de Los Muertos with Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), Latinx Student Organization (LSO), First Generation Student Organization (FGSO), and the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) [link].

Día de los Muertos is a traditional two-day celebration that honors the lives of loved ones passed. Originating from the Indigenous peoples of Mexico, the celebration recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience. Friends and families gather to create ofrendas, memorials for the dead, offer pan de Muertos, a special bread used to nourish traveling souls, and gather around the tapete, a large sand tapestry and funerary custom to rejoice in an evening of food, song and dance.

  • Parade of Nations with Equity and Services Council (ESC)

Parade of Nations “Watch Us Rise,” a student-led event, holds space for students to share their culture and experiences with the broader community. The event seeks to honor disregarded and discounted cultural identities and uplift the students who have been creating new legacies for themselves on campus.

  • Black History Month with Black Student Union (BSU) [link], Central’s African Student Association (CASA), and the Africana and Black Studies (ABS) Program.

Black History Month programming engages students in series of community gatherings and educational initiatives centered on Black joy and liberation for Black students within a predominantly white institution. This means creating spaces for Black students to connect, be in community with one another, and uplifting Black voices.

  • LGBTQ+ History Month with Equality Through Queers and Allies (EQuAl)