The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs offers training and compiles resources, published here, for all members of our WCU community. Making Diversity Personal requires that each one of us accepts the responsibility for our workplace culture and the educational climate at Western Carolina University.
An initiative to support student veterans and educate the campus community.
Safe Zone Program provides training to students, faculty, staff, and community members to increase awareness and sensitivity to issues of gender and sexuality. Safe Zone also creates a network of support, resources, and allies committed to supporting gender, sexuality, and identity issues reflected in the campus and the local community.
Controversial Issues Train The Trainer program gives leaders a way to take on some of the most heated contemporary debates, including abortion, capital punishment, immigration, same-sex marriage, environmental policy, and assisted suicide, as well as regional and local issues of significance. Discussing these topics is difficult even for the most seasoned of leaders because the questions they raise challenge core beliefs and evoke strong emotions.
At WCU an internal resource team leads the Controversial Issues Process.
Currently, under development, this certificate program will help students to develop an appreciation for their own cultural identities. Additionally, students will utilize that awareness to become critically self-reflective in their focus around differences in the cultural identities of others as viewed through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation and others.