CWUNewsNews Communicates Cultural Competency Coaching to Corps, 08 Oct 2015 09:38:09<p>Two members of Central Washington University’s Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) are in Wenatchee presenting specialized cultural competency training to about 150 AmeriCorps participants.<br><br>“Cultural competency gives people the needed tools and skills to effectively communicate and interact, without prejudice, with people from diverse backgrounds,” explains Veronica Gomez-Vilchis, a CWU diversity officer, who is helping facilitate the training. “It’s not just focusing on a single culture; you’re looking at different aspects of identities.”<br><br>Katrina Whitney, CDSJ diversity officer, who will also lead sections of the training, adds, “We all make mistakes, but when you learn the foundation of knowing what to say—and what not to say—you have the ability to improve your communication to create a safer environment for those you interact with.”<br><br>The challenge is understanding that there can be important differences and distinctions in communicating with people who even come from the same culture. When that goes unrecognized, stereotypes can result.<br><br>“We may believe that everybody in one type of community is the same,” Whitney says. “But, within social group memberships, there’s as much diversity as there are individuals that identify as part of that community.”<br><br>Such differences, and how they’re perceived, can change by state, or even regionally, across the United States.<br><br>“We may intend one thing, but we really have to be conscious of how it affects the person we are speaking with,” Whitney adds.<br><br>Verbal and nonverbal communication are being addressed during the CWU training, which is being held during four, 90-minute sessions.<br><br>The state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction sought out CWU to provide those sessions for the AmeriCorps recruits, who are part of Washington Reading Corps. Those recruits will work to improve reading abilities of kindergarten through sixth-grade students across the state, who come from a wide variety of cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.<br><br>“I want them [the instructors] to keep in mind the child’s identity and how that can influence their ability to read and/or engage them to read,” Gomez-Vilchis notes. “The literature that they are choosing must connect with the children and be reflective of their world.”<br><br>Whitney adds, “They can have the best intentions for a child’s reading ability but, if they’re not aware of the child’s lived experiences, it could, instead, decrease a child’s interest and engagement levels.”<br>Eventually, what the AmeriCorps volunteers learn will have return benefits for CWU when their reading students reach college.<br><br>“These kids will wind up in higher ed,” Gomez-Vilchis acknowledges. “So we need to give them the tools now so that, when they get here, they can be successful.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>October 8, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Again Honored for Excellent Achievements in Diversity, 18 Sep 2015 13:07:10<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 300px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Central Washington University was the only four-year institution in Washington to receive a 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.</p><p>The award is the only national higher education diversity honor. CWU was one of only 92 college and universities in the U.S. recognized for having a sustained commitment to expand diversity and inclusion on their campuses.</p><p>The awards are made annually by <a href="" target="_blank">INSIGHT Into Diversity</a>, the nation’s largest and longest-running diversity-focused higher education magazine.</p><p>“Our goal is to be welcoming to everyone—students, faculty, and staff,” said Kandee Cleary, CWU’s chief diversity officer. “Receiving this recognition—again—will help us acknowledge and appreciate all that we continue to accomplish in terms of making our institution even more diverse and welcoming to students and staff alike.”</p><p>This is the second straight year that CWU has been named a HEED recipient. The award is based on initiatives, programs and outreach, student recruitment, retention and completion; along with faculty and staff hiring practices.</p><p>To determine the award winners, representatives of Potomac Publishing, which publishes INSIGHT Into Diversity, assess institutions regarding diversity and inclusion among its students, faculty, administration, staff, and suppliers. The assessments pertain to age, disability, gender and gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status.</p><p>“We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity. “Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across a campus.”</p><p>Minority students now make up roughly 25 percent of CWU’s enrollment. Last year, CWU was also named one of the nation’s top 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-friendly universities.</p><p>CWU will be featured in the St. Louis-based publication’s <a href="" target="_blank">November 2015 issue</a>. Current and archived INSIGHT Into Diversity issues are available online.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>September 15, 2015</p>CWU Receives Prestigious HEED Award for Excellence in Diversity, 16 Sep 2014 11:39:31<p><img alt="" src="/diversity/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 306px;"></p><p>Central Washington University is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious <a href="">INSIGHT Into Diversity</a> Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. CWU is one of only 83 institutions nationwide, and the only four-year institution in Washington State, to receive the award.</p><p>The HEED Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.</p><p>“This award highlights our efforts in enhancing diversity at CWU,” said Delores (Kandee) Cleary, chief diversity officer and chair of the Sociology Department. “We are proud and honored to be selected.&nbsp; While we continue to work to ensure CWU is welcoming to everyone, this award gives us a chance to take a breath and recognize all that we have accomplished.”</p><p>Currently, minority students make up roughly 25 percent of CWU’s enrollment and the university was recently named one of the top 50 LGBT-friendly universities in the nation.</p><p>The award, open to all colleges and universities throughout the United States, measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.</p><p>CWU communication alumna Veronica Gomez-Vilchis of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Professional Development, took the lead in submitting the application for the award.</p><p>“Veronica worked tirelessly to bring people together to talk about their diversity work,” said Staci Sleigh-Layman, Human Resources director-at-large,. “She collected and compiled the information into a readable format, and did much of this independently, without a lot of guidance. She produced an excellent submission.”&nbsp;</p><p>Gomez-Vilchis, who also has been a faculty member in Communication and program coordinator of Bridges, has worked in HR for the past two years. She focuses on recruitment, hiring and professional development.</p><p>The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.</p><p>For more information about the 2014 HEED award, visit</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU Leadership Team Reorganizes to Focus on Responsibility Centered Management, 16 Jan 2014 08:41:05<p><img alt="" src="/diversity/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;">Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino today announced a reorganization of the university’s leadership team that will bring new focus to implementing Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) planning for new demands upon university operations, and addressing the June retirement of Chief of Staff Sherer Holter.</p><p>Holter will immediately move to the position of vice president of operations, which she will hold through June. Stevan DeSoer, chief human resources officer, will assume the role of vice president of operations on July 1, following Holter’s retirement.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Schactler, who has served as the executive director of public affairs since 2010, will add the chief of staff duties to her current assignment. George Clark, vice president of finance and business services/chief financial officer, will focus exclusively on university finance: budgeting, auxiliary services, finance, payroll, and enrollment management.</p><p>Gaudino said the adjustments position the cabinet to address new financial, social, and political realities that confront the university.</p><p>“Along with the provost, this experienced and talented team is prepared to address an entirely different world than the one in which we operated five years ago,” said Gaudino, noting that student enrollment has risen by 1,000 students while state funding has fallen by half. “Mr. Clark’s fiscal savvy has to focus on the culture change that Responsibility Centered Management will require.”</p><p>RCM is an approach to operations that drives decision making from the Office of the President to operational units—colleges, in the case of CWU.&nbsp; The college deans are responsible for setting priorities and generating their own revenue through student credit hours. Good decisions reward the colleges that make them and also benefit the university generally. In addition, RCM emphasizes the importance of faculty shared governance in shaping academic units.</p><p>Gaudino said Clark's new fiscal challenges also would include implementing a new budgeting system and transitioning from an accounting system dependent on thousands of&nbsp; “project identification” numbers (PIDs) to a modern and efficient “chart of accounts.”&nbsp; The new system will provide a better understanding of the university’s financial health by articulating the accounts that define each class of items for which money is spent or received.</p><p>The vice president of operations will lead the departments of Information Services, Information Security, Organizational Effectiveness, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Inclusivity and Diversity, and Police and Parking Services.&nbsp; President Gaudino said DeSoer is well prepared to assume the new operations position, which recognizes the extraordinary demands on and the great importance of the university's operational departments.</p><p>“It’s absolutely critical to have strong leadership in the daily operations of CWU along with someone who is a strong operational manager, like Sherer,” said Gaudino, adding that Holter has led the rapid and significant upgrade of university information systems in just a few months. “Steve brings operational understanding and knowledge of the university to this role and will ensure a smooth and transparent transition for our staff and the university. His expertise helps to ensure that we continue to attract a diverse and highly skilled workforce.”</p><p>DeSoer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and shared governance, having worked at Washington State University and in the University of Alaska system prior to coming to CWU. He holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University.&nbsp; A national search for the new chief human resource officer will begin immediately.</p><p>Schactler assumes chief of staff responsibilities in addition to those of her current position as executive director of Public Affairs, which includes state and federal government relations, marketing, media relations, issue management, and university communications. The chief of staff develops and manages special projects for the president, provides coordination, and acts as liaison with campus officials, and external constituents on all matters of interest to the president, along with serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees.</p><p>“Linda has the common sense, discretion, and organizational skills that this fast-paced position requires,” said Gaudino, noting that Schactler served in a similar capacity as deputy director of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1996 to 2000.&nbsp;</p><p>Schactler holds a master of arts in English Literature from Washington University (St. Louis). She previously operated an Olympia-based public affairs business and provided issue management and government relations services for CWU for 10 years. She also served as the communications director for the Washington State Senate.</p><p><br>Media contact: Linda Schactler, executive director of CWU Public Affairs, 509-607-4103,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>The State of Inclusion Central Washington University 2013, 01 Nov 2013 09:24:34<p>Diversity and Inclusion are core values of Central Washington University.&nbsp; CWU employees and students, regardless of ethnic, racial, political, gender, religious, intellectual, and geographical background will benefit when they are exposed to those who are different than they are. An inclusive environment welcomes diverse points of view and supports different ways of perceiving and feeling. An inclusive environment embraces varied cultures because they enrich campus discussion, education, and student life.&nbsp; A campus that is truly inclusive fosters a productive, positive, and respectful campus. .&nbsp; Research shows that students thrive in a diverse and inclusive environment.&nbsp; Students are more satisfied in their learning experiences, are likely to have stronger cognitive development, are more engaged in their learning, and develop stronger intellectual skills.&nbsp; Faculty also benefit from an inclusive environment.&nbsp; Faculty have more opportunities to be innovative, critical, creative and are more satisfied with their environment<br>It is important to take into consideration the multitude and complexity of the factors associated with campus climate.&nbsp; Campus climate is comprised of a multitude of factors, including issues of retention, research and scholarship, group interactions, curriculum, and university service and university policies. All of these interact with issues of inclusion and diversity.</p><p>Equally important is to understand perception is an important factor when creating opportunities for inclusion—even when perceptions and reality don't sync. Certainly, the campus climate varies by settings, for example, universities are different, communities are different and student experiences are different.&nbsp; Universities are different in a variety of way, size of student body, residential or non-residential, size of classrooms; opportunities to interact with each other vary, whether the focus is on teaching or research and the geographical area in which they reside.&nbsp; All of these factors influence the experiences that students have in the classroom and outside of the classroom.</p><p>In May, 2013 the Washington State Achievement Council published a report “Educational Attainment for All: Diversity and Equity in Washington State Higher Education.”&nbsp; The report emphasizes the importance of identifying ways that universities in the state of Washington are meeting the needs of the changing diverse population of Washington State and addressing the degree attainment gap.&nbsp; One of the mechanisms that promoted student success is inclusivity and diversity on the college campus.&nbsp; Central Washington University is continuing to address these issues and is identifying way to increase the degree attainment of traditionally under-represented and underserved groups, which benefits all students. Students benefit from an inclusive environment that supports academic excellence, as we move into a more diverse global society it is important to prepare students for success not only throughout their college career but also beyond college.&nbsp;&nbsp;Therefore, it is important to share this report with the university community and the public</p><p><strong>MEASURING THE CAMPUS CLIMATE</strong></p><p style="margin-left:.25in;">CWU has conducted several studies on campus climate. Some of these include:</p><ul><li><em>People of Color Participation and Diversity Plan</em> (1995)</li><li><em>Campus Climate Task Force</em> (1996), which found that although we had some successes there were some opportunities for improvement.&nbsp; The report addressed issues faced by traditionally underserved groups, the need to develop mechanisms for reporting bias incidents, and the need for all to feel that they belong.</li><li><em>Diversity Council Recommendations</em> (2005). The focus of this report was on developing Institution wide initiatives that focus on diversity and inclusiveness, including the funding and development of programs that address diversity.</li></ul><p>The findings of these reports point to the challenges and opportunities Central Washington University faces in diversifying the campus and creating an inclusive environment.&nbsp; For example:</p><ul><li>Individuals who answered the survey felt as if they had no avenue to express their opinions and were not heard when they did try to express their opinions.</li><li>The university was seen as uncommitted to GLTBQ issues.</li><li>The university was seen as uncommitted to gender issues and the use of gender neutral language.</li><li>There was a need to highlight training that addresses prejudice, harassment and discrimination behavior.</li><li>The university was seen as not addressing the needs of non-traditional students</li><li>Several findings were related to job experience, salary inequity, and safety issues.</li><li>The campus lacked as sense of community and intellectual environment.</li></ul><p>More recently, CWU participated in The National Survey of Student Engagement/Faculty Survey of Student Engagement This 2012-2013 surveys faculty and first-year students and seniors. The survey was not designed to look at issues of inclusion, but contains questions about inclusion and diversity. It appears as if about half of the faculty incorporate diverse perspectives in their courses. The survey measured "diversity of perspectives" by determining whether or not courses included discussions, readings and experiential learning. The study found that about half (49 percent) of CWU faculty who teach lower-division courses think that international study is important; 40 percent of those who teach upper-division courses think that an international experience is important. Faculty generally believe that diversity and inclusion is important, according to the survey. About 80 percent of students say they have positive relationships with students who are different than they.</p><p>NSSE/FSSE does not contain demographic information but does assess the degree to which individuals feel that they have positive relationships with diverse groups of people.&nbsp; Nearly half of faculty say they encourage contact among students from different economic, social and racial or ethnic backgrounds. This assessment, however, is not supported with the experience first-year students and seniors report. Less than 30 percent said they interacting with people different from themselves.</p><p><strong>Faculty Survey of Student Engagement Faculty</strong></p><table style="width:692px;" width="866" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="width:427px;"><p>&nbsp;</p></td><td style="width:138px;"><p align="center">Lower Division</p></td><td style="width:127px;"><p align="center">Upper&nbsp; Division</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:427px;"><p>University emphasizes contact among students from different economic, social, and racial/ethnic backgrounds</p></td><td style="width:138px;"><p align="center">41%</p></td><td style="width:127px;"><p align="center">44%</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:427px;"><p>In academic coursework emphasize understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds</p></td><td style="width:138px;"><p align="center">37%</p></td><td style="width:127px;"><p align="center">48%</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:427px;"><p>Class discussions or writings that include diverse perspectives (different races, religions, genders, political beliefs etc.)</p></td><td style="width:138px;"><p align="center">57%</p></td><td style="width:127px;"><p align="center">44%</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:427px;"><p>Have serious conversations in courses with students of a different race or ethnicity than their own</p></td><td style="width:138px;"><p align="center">44%</p></td><td style="width:127px;"><p align="center">57%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Throughout the 2012-2013 fiscal year qualitative data was collected from students involved in eight organizations of the Equity Service Council (ESC):</p><ul><li>Access, Belonging, Learning and Equality</li><li>Black Student Union</li><li>Equality Through Queers and Allies</li><li>Filipino American Student Association</li><li>First Generation Student Organization</li><li>Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan</li><li>Native American Student Association</li><li>Violence Intervention and Prevention&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>The council represents student diversity interests; maintains appreciation and understanding of diverse social and cultural heritage; and educates students on issues affecting student equity.</li></ul><p>Students from Movimiento Estudiantal Chicano/a de Aztlan MEChAA and Equality through Queers and Allies (EQuAL) described how they experienced the campus climate and presented this information to the Director of Inclusivity and Diversity, Dr. Delores Cleary.&nbsp; Many of the experiences reported by students are identified as challenges under-represented groups face on campuses throughout the country.</p><p>There were general conclusions reported by some CWU students that included:</p><ul><li>“Racial language being used and conversations regarding racial and political issues being held in the classroom that causes a strenuous learning environment.”</li><li>“In my English class last summer my professor made some comments that made me and two other students very uncomfortable.&nbsp; One comment from my professor that I still remember today was, 'I understand that this isn’t your native language and why you have trouble with the assignment,' I found it to be very rude and uncalled for.”</li><li>&nbsp;“In my English class I am the only Latina in the class.&nbsp; The professor sometimes makes derogatory comments like 'colored people' and that is WRONG.”</li><li>“When I ask questions of professors, they respond differently towards Hispanics than they do the rest of the people in the class.&nbsp; They treat me like I can’t understand unless they speak more clearly."</li><li>“Two time</br></p style="margin-left:.25in;"></table style="width:692px;" width="866" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"></td style="width:427px;"></td style="width:138px;"></p align="center"></td style="width:127px;"></p align="center"></td style="width:427px;"></td style="width:138px;"></p align="center"></td style="width:127px;"></p align="center"></td style="width:427px;"></td style="width:138px;"></p align="center"></td style="width:127px;"></p align="center"></td style="width:427px;"></td style="width:138px;"></p align="center"></td style="width:127px;"></p align="center"></td style="width:427px;"></td style="width:138px;"></p align="center"></td style="width:127px;"></p align="center"></br></br>Diversity Calendar, 26 Aug 2013 12:08:26<p>The following link will take you to the diversity calendar.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Celebrate Lunar New Year 2014! Tickets on sale now!, 16 Aug 2013 11:53:05<p><img alt="" src="/diversity/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;"></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Join us as we celebrate Lunar New Year 2014, the year of the horse. Come enjoy traditional Chinese food, a dumpling&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">making demonstration, Chinese calligraphy, crafts, the lucky lottery and of course a traditional lion dance performance.</span></p><p>Brought to you by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the Office of the Provost and theCenter for Diversity and Justice.</p><p>Get your tickets now at</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Looking for parade of Nations participants!, 29 Nov 2012 10:15:18<p><img alt="Parade of Nations" src="/diversity/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; "></p><p><strong>You're invited to the 8th annual Parade of Nations at CWU! </strong>Join us for a fantastic night of celebration, culture, music, and dance as CWU students, faculty and staff take to the stage to represent our heritage, our cultures, and our pride!</p><p>As always, the Parade of Nations is FREE and open to the public! Everyone is invited, and everyone is welcome! This event is a collaboration between the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, Equity Services Council, ASCWU-BOD, Native American Student Association, Filipino American Student Association, M.E.Ch.A., Black Student Union, Pacific Islander Cultural Dance Club, Muslim Student Association, Asia University America Program and International Studies.</p>., 29 Nov 2012 10:01:23.., 25 Oct 2012 12:30:57