The University has launched a new initiative to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus culture and climate at campuses system-wide.
The initiative follows the pledge WSU President Kirk Schulz made in early May to draft a plan by June 1 for renewing and expediting the University’s actions to address system and campus climate and culture issues.
The new initiative includes four major actions:
- The appointment of an external review team to assess the University’s system-wide diversity efforts and provide recommendations for improving the campus culture and climate
- The formation of several system-wide committees to address campus culture and climate issues
- The reorganization of several offices that focus on diversity education and student services
- The creation of a new associate vice president position to coordinate system and campus culture and climate activities
“We have made some progress the past several years in expanding our programs to promote inclusiveness,” President Schulz said. “But we must go further, and we must truly incorporate and reflect the insights and concerns of the entire university community as we proceed.”
Daniel Bernardo, provost and executive vice president, and Mary Jo Gonzales, vice president for student affairs, will lead the initiative. The process of identifying campus leaders to head the system-wide committees is underway. To ensure the participation of the entire WSU community, most of the committee work will take place after students return in August for the beginning of fall semester.
In an email sent to the WSU community August 14, University President Kirk Schulz reiterated WSU’s commitment to creating a more welcoming and inclusive campus culture and climate.
If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, there are campus organizations available to help you.
The University community system-wide is encouraged to provide suggestions for addressing system and campus culture and climate issues. Please use this form to comment. You may provide input anonymously.
Volunteer to assist effort
Leaders of the initiative are seeking members of the University community to participate in discussions and forums. Please use this form to volunteer.