Diversity & Equity Center
Black Hall 101
Mon. - Fri. 8:00am–5:00pm
(509) 963-2127






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Welcome to the Diversity and Equity Center

The Diversity and Equity cultivates a sense of belonging and community on campus through programs and initiatives that encourage students to explore their identities, challenge barriers and empower themselves and their communities.   

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Asian American Pacific Islander Information & Resources 

Central Washington University honors the native people and land on which CWU is located in Kittitas County. It is the historic home of the Yakama people. The federally recognized Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation is made of the Klikitat, Palus, Wallawalla, Wanapum, Wenatchi, Wishram, and Yakama People. 

The Yakama people remain committed stewards of this land, cherishing it and protecting it, as instructed by elders through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands. We give thanks to the legacy of the original people, their lives, and their descendents. 

Learn more about this acknowledgment and how to honor Native and Indigenous peoples by visiting the Office of Diversity & Inclusivity.

The Diversity and Equity Center stands in solidarity with our Asian American Pacific Islander community in light of the exponential increase of anti-Asian violence perpetuated since the start of the pandemic, more recently the murders that occurred in Atlanta yesterday. The DEC vehemently opposes xenophobia, racism, and acts of violence against marginalized communities. White Supremacy is not sustainable, and it is up to all of us to support our communities who are suffering, and work to dismantle systems of oppression in any way we can. 

Campus Resources 

  • Student Counseling Services are offering Teletherapy services through phone or secure video chat. Call (509) 963-1391 to schedule an appointment or to receive more information.  
  • The Equity & Services Council (ESC) is comprised of 8 student organizations that create safe spaces for specific historically marginalized communities but also welcome allies to listen and learn. Contact the current Director at or Justin Santoli at for more information. 
  • The Associated Students of Central Washington University has written an Anti-Asian Violence Statement, and is lobbying to pass statewide legislation that implements mandatory diversity, equity, and inclusion training for all faculty and staff and advocating for the construction of the CWU Center for Cultural Innovation as a safe space for historically marginalized communities. 

National Resources 

The following resources are intended to serve as a start to explore and learn about anti-racist behaviors and practice. These resources are not intended to be comprehensive, nor do they represent a singular approach; these range from toolkits to personal narratives that can assist with critical reflection and movement to action. Please feel free to share additional resources or provide feedback by emailing the Diversity and Equity Center.

Black-led conversations for healing from racialized trauma  

Learning and unlearning toward anti-racist reflection & praxis  

Solidarity and Allyship

Contextualizing Histories, Exploring Narratives  

The Diversity and Equity Center staff are available to serve you virtually Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm, and in-person Monday through Thursday 1:00 - 5:00pm!

Staff will be limited in their availability for in-person hours. When the DEC reaches a maximum capacity, you will not be able to enter. Therefore, we encourage you to schedule in advance if you are looking for a specific staff member.

Winter Quarter 2021 Staff Hours:

Elizabeth Vidaurri                 Tuesday              2:00-4:00pm              In-person, Black Hall 101 
Katrina Whitney                    Wednesday        1:30-3:30pm              In-person, Black Hall 101 
Eriqua Collins                       Friday                  9:00-10:30am            Virtual, Zoom
Justin Santoli                        Friday                  3:00-5:00pm              Virtual, Zoom

We are flexible. If the above times do not work for you please connect directly with individual staff members - check out our staff directory page for contact information and we'll be more than happy to schedule an alternate meeting time with you. If you're just planning to study, hang out or be in community come on by!

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