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Five Working Groups on Campus Climate and Culture

Read the Five Working Groups Final Report and Recommendations.

The Five Working Groups on Campus Culture and Climate consisted of 126 concerned WSU community members (students, faculty and staff from each of our campuses) who were appointed by President Kirk Schulz and Vice President of Student Affairs Mary Jo Gonzales with a general charge to build a more welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment at Washington State University.  

The Five Working Groups met for the better part of two years. They engaged in frank, difficult, and challenging conversations; reviewed data, programs and initiatives; responded to immediate community concerns; and monitored and acknowledged campus community initiatives that also addressed issues of diversity, equity, and campus climate.

Their final report and recommendations were submitted in September 2020. It is important to convey that the report and recommendations represent a step forward, not a journey completed. It is our hope that this work, and the work of many in the WSU community, has created the momentum needed to take the next step forward.

Policy review, training, campus resources, among areas of focus

Each of the working groups addressed priorities identified by the WSU community, including students, as critical to advancing the university’s initiative. 

Among the topics and primary objectives the working groups addressed:

WSU Executive Policy (EP) 15 prohibiting discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct

  • Review EP 15 for language and make recommendations for changes, including clearly defined sections for sexual/gender violence and speech
  • Develop EP 15-specific training for students, faculty and staff

Cultural competency and allyship

  • Review and evaluate cultural competency and ally trainings offered by WSU and trainings proposed by students
  • Identify specific implementation plan for students, faculty and staff

Campus cultural and resource centers

  • Review current funds allocated to central- and academic college-supported cultural and resource centers
  • Review services and activities offered on all campuses by centers/programs to determine gap areas and recommend strategies to meet the needs of current and future students

The diversity of faculty and staff

  • In alignment with relevant state and federal statutes, develop proactive programs, targeted outreach and a recruitment plan for diverse faculty and staff
  • Identify current and future professional development programs for diverse faculty and staff

Gender inclusive and trans* support

  • Develop long-term plan to incorporate gender-inclusive restrooms on all campuses
  • Assess gap areas and make recommendations for trans* support on all campuses