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Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Commitment to Equal Opportunity 

Central Washington University is an equal opportunity employer that values an inclusive campus and welcomes a diversity of people and ideas. CWU's policies and practices affirm and actively promote the rights of all individuals to equal opportunities in education and employment without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, or status as a disabled or of a protected veteran.

CWU administers an affirmative action program for employment purposes and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and executive orders.

CWU is committed to affirmative action for Asians/Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, women, persons forty years of age or older, persons of disability, and protected veterans.

This commitment is expressed through the university's efforts to eliminate barriers to equal employment opportunity and to improve employment opportunities encountered by these affected groups

The Office for Equal Opportunity promotes and supports the university's commitment to develop an inclusive and diverse community of students and employees. OEO works in concert with all segments of the university community including administrators, faculty, staff, and students to accomplish its mission.

Contact Information:
Office of Equal Opportunity
Central Washington University
Bouillon Hall 205
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: (509) 963-2205

CWU’s commitment to diversity is demonstrated through programs, affirmative action plans, outreach, and professional development. The university’s commitment is further demonstrated through its Inclusiveness Initiative and policies and procedures that pertain to the university’s commitment to diversity.

For example, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice promotes equity, respect, and social justice by students, faculty, and staff through programs such as Safe Space, which pertains to issues related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally population.

In addition, CWU has established a variety of Living Learning and Theme Communities, which provide students with opportunities to live and learn alongside peers who share common interests. They include the Asian Pacific Islander American House, Casa Latina, Students for the Dream, Women’s Experience, and International House.

The Associated Students of CWU’s Equity and Services Council is comprised of eight member organizations that represent student diversity interests, needs, and welfare. These groups complement and supplement formal education; maintain appreciation and understanding of diverse social and cultural heritage; promote and coordinate celebration of diversity; inform students on issues affecting student equity; and establish, promote, and implement community service. These organizations are:

  • Access, Belonging, Learning and Equality (ABLE)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Equality Through Queers and Allies (EQuAl)
  • Filipino American Student Association (FASA)
  • First Generation Student Organization (FGSO)
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán/Chicano Student Movement (MEChA)
  • Native American Student Association (NASA)
  • Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP)

Ellensburg, Washington is located just east of the Cascade Range on Interstate 90 and is known as the most centrally located city in the state. It is home to CWU.

In 1890, the state Legislature established the Washington State Normal School (WSNS) in Ellensburg for “the training and education of teachers in the art of instructing and governing in the public schools of this state.” WSNS first opened on September 6, 1891. In 1893, the school's first building was constructed and named Barge Hall, in honor of the first WSNS principal, Benjamin Franklin Barge. Barge Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

The school became Central Washington College of Education in 1937, Central Washington State College in 1961, and, finally, Central Washington University in 1977. It continues to be one of the fastest growing universities in the State of Washington.

As a comprehensive university, CWU provides high quality programs to more than 13,000 people at locations around the state, while also serving more students on-line than any other comprehensive university in Washington. CWU prepares graduates to succeed in a global economy through strong partnerships with 30 colleges and universities around the world. Last year, we welcomed more than 400 students from 36 countries to CWU.

The City of Ellensburg was officially incorporated on November 26, 1883. In 1923, the now world-famous Labor Day rodeo was first held. It is now the oldest and largest rodeo in the state. In 1930, collectors became aware of the rare Ellensburg Blue agate. It is now valued and sold worldwide. In 2007, downtown Ellensburg was listed as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

A rich history, friendly people and the scenic beauty of the Kittitas Valley are just some of the reasons why Ellensburg is a cherished location for residents, visitors, and CWU faculty, staff, and students alike.