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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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Justin Santoli at email@example.com 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.
- Anti-Asian Violence Resource Card
- 18 Million Rising
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Asian American Feminist Collective
- AAPI Women Lead and #ImReady Movement
- Asian Counseling and Referral Service
- Asian Prisoner Support Committee
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network
- CAAV Organizing Asian Communities
- Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center
- Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
- What Asians want you to know
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Asian American Federation
- NYC Commission On Human Rights
- As Violence Against Asian Americans Intensifies, the Moment for Philanthropy to Act Is Now
- House Judiciary Panel to Hold Hearing on Rise of Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans During Covid
- There were 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents, mostly against women, in past year
- Being Asian: Four New Yorkers Reflect On What It Means To Be Asian In The City Now
- Biden says hate crimes against Asian Americans are ‘un-American’ and that they ‘must stop’
- Asian American lawmakers reintroduce legislation to combat Covid-related hate crimes
- Recent violence against Asian Americans highlights need for better tracking, reporting
- Anti-racism resources to support Asian American, Pacific Islander community
- Anti-Asian hate crimes increased by nearly 150% in 2020, mostly in N.Y. and L.A., new report says
- Anti-Asian violence has surged in the U.S. since Covid-19. But it didn’t start there
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
- Resources for Black Healing
- Healing Action Toolkit
- 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People
- Healing Justice Podcast: Irresistible
Learning and unlearning toward anti-racist reflection & praxis
- The Anti-Racism Starter Kit
- Mapping Roles in a Social Change Ecosystem (PDF)
- Affirming Black Lives without Inducing Trauma
- How Movements Build: Five Lessons from Grace Lee Boggs
- CWU Brooks Library's Anti-Racist Reading List
Solidarity and Allyship
- Black Lives Matter Card
- Letters for Black Lives
- 9 Ways Multiracial People Can Show Up for Black People
- Bill of Responsibilities for Multiracial People of Color with Light Skin and White Passing Privilege
- 20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show up for the Black Community Right Now
- Why Black Lives Matter to Me as a Filipina
- How Latinx People can Fight Anti-Black Racism in Our Own Culture
- Indigenous Allyship
- Anti-Racism Resources for White People
- Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies
- Showing up for Racial Justice
- For our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies
- 75 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice
- Allyship and Accountability Glossary
- Performative Allyship is Deadly (And What to Do Instead)
- 47 Very Specific Answers to "What Can I Do to Help?"
Contextualizing Histories, Exploring Narratives
- A Timeline of Events that Led to the 2020 'Fed Up'-rising
- A Decade of Watching Black People Die - Code Switch Podcast
- The 1619 Project
- Pride History - Black Trans Lives
- Intersectionality Matters
- Still Processing
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!