DEII Committee Charge

Diversity is a core value of Western Colorado University. All of us, including the Board of Trustees have endorsed the Statement on Diversity and Inclusion to support and advance campus diversity. Our Statement reads:

"Western Colorado University takes a firm and unyielding stance in support of diversity, inclusivity, scientific inquiry and creative expression. We believe these principles are necessary for the free and open inquiry that defines our role as a public institution in a democratic society. We believe that these principles are a moral imperative requiring constant vigilance and a firm stance against actions motivated by hate or intimidation.  The University welcomes people of color, people with disabilities, people of all genders and orientations, people of all religious preferences, immigrants and refugees regardless of national origin or ethnicity and other underrepresented communities regardless of socioeconomic class. We actively seek to build a civil and respectful culture which affirms these principles in all that we do.”

Events surrounding us continue to serve as reminders that we should maintain our vigilance of our nation’s foundational commitment to human equality and unalienable rights. Like our nation’s Constitution which seeks equal protection of the laws for all, we as stewards of Western’s mission have the responsibility of bringing and creating opportunities for scholarship and teaching to all qualified faculty and staff, and all aspiring students. We must continue to push ourselves to uphold the suite of ideals that define our campus community.

Western Colorado University’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Internationalization (DEII) Committee is charged with developing recommendations for improving the University’s policies and practices regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, including but not limited to, all university operations from marketing, student recruitment, faculty hires, programming, curriculum, institutional culture, and services. Further, the DEII Committee will develop the same for our efforts of attracting and hosting international faculty, students, and scholars. The DEII Committee will also work alongside, and consult with, each of the strategic planning committees to ensure each integrates attainable, actionable, relevant, specific, and temporally appropriate goals into their respective sections of Western’s Strategic Plan. The DEII Committee will:

  • Foster partnerships with experts and practitioners to help Western fully implement actions and develop the culture which supports our Statement on Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Develop and track meaningful metrics and create benchmarks to fully embody the principles in Western’s Statement of Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Identify and recommend policy changes and organizational actions which promote equity and inclusivity and increase diversity and internationalization of our students, faculty and staff;
  • Increase awareness of issues relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and internationalization across campus to all.

The DEII Committee is composed of the following members:

  • Dr. Abel A. Chávez, Chair (Dean of Grad Studies, Associate VP for Academic Affairs, and ENVS Faculty)
  • Dr. Matthew Aronson (BASS Faculty)
  • Miss. Elizabeth Cobbins (Program Coordinator, Multicultural Affairs)
  • Dr. Melanie Hulbert (Associate VP for Academic Affairs)
  • Prof. Salif Mahamane (BASS Faculty)
  • Mrs. Sally Romero (Director, Multicultural Affairs)
  • Mrs. Lora Westling (Head Women’s Basketball Coach)
  • Mr. Gary Pierson (VP for Student Affairs)