Diversity Statement

We give thanks and appreciation to the Coast Salish Peoples upon whose land we are guests.

We acknowledge historical and current systemic racism and structural discrimination experienced by marginalized peoples in our society that negate equitable outcomes, repulse tangible opportunity, and impede educational access.

We are committed to a shared understanding of diversity and inclusion that encompasses (but is not limited to) individual/group differences, cultural/social differences, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities cognizant of differences, socioeconomic class, age, and religious beliefs. We will honor and respect the lived experiences of every person.

We will employ and promote inclusive and justice based practices that affirm identity, engender respect, and uphold dignity for our community. We will continue to create culture and spaces that encourage dialogue and embrace learning about difference as we work to increase our own awareness and understanding of diversity.

We will interrupt and redress institutional barriers, structural practices, and preservation of the status quo that, in any way, inhibits the success of our diverse students, staff, faculty, and community.