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.
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 www.cwu.edu/inclusivity.
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, https://cwu.zoom.us/j/81210457929
Justin Santoli Friday 2:00-4:00pm Virtual, https://cwu.zoom.us/j/89852460570
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black-led conversations for healing from racialized trauma
- Resources for Black Healing
- Healing Action Toolkit
- Healing Justice Podcast: Irresistible
- 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People
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