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Division of Student Affairs

Student Affairs Initiatives & Programs

The Division of Student Affairs plays a pivotal role in supporting students and ensuring their success during and beyond their years spent at WSU. As part of our daily work, we are actively engaged in larger, campus-wide initiatives which support the unique needs of students and goals of Washington State University.

Current initiatives include: 

Drive to 25

The Division of Student Affairs plays a pivotal role in the larger WSU Drive to 25 initiative which aims to see WSU recognized as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, preeminent in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement by 2030. This initiative, led by WSU President Kirk Schulz, evaluates the institution's performance based on 11 key metrics, three Association of American Universities metrics, four peer-comparison metrics and three WSU-specific metrics.  

Student Affairs programming and services significantly influence the institution's success in meeting eight of the 11 outlined metrics. These include:

AAU Metrics

  • Federal research and development expenditures

Peer-Comparison Metrics

  • Total research and development expenditures
  • Doctorates awarded
  • Annual giving
  • 6-year graduation rate*

WSU Metrics

  • Percentage of undergraduates involved in research, scholarship, and creative discovery*
  • Placement rate of graduates*
  • Percentage of underrepresented minority faculty, staff, and student*

(*) Indicates metrics most closely aligned with Student Affairs programs and services.

Visit the Drive to 25 website for additional information about this initiative.

Campus Climate 

Student Affairs is deeply invested in the ongoing effort by President Kirk Schulz and the community at large to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus culture and climate at WSU campuses system-wide. This initiative launched May 2017 and 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

This initiative is led by Provost and Executive Vice President Dan Bernardo and Vice President of Student Affairs Mary Jo Gonzales. Read more about the Campus Climate initiative here. 

Supporting DACA Students 

As an undocumented student-friendly institution, WSU has and will continue to provide a strong support system for all students in the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. For a full list of resources and FAQs regarding DACA at WSU and in Washington State, please reference our DACA information page. 

Food Security 

At any given moment in time, there are a number of WSU students who are concerned about where their next meal will come from. It is estimated that nearly half of all college students in the U.S. are insecure about reliable access to food, especially affordable and nutritious food. The prevalence of food insecurity among WSU students has prompted the ASWSU Senate to adopt a resolution in support of food insecurity solutions in the Pullman community. To learn more, donate or request assistance, visit the Cougs Feeding Cougs web page.