The University-wide Council on Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) is a support and advisory committee to the Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Their charge is to examine and respond to diversity, inclusion, and equity issues on campus and advise on policy and procedural issues. CDSJ works together with University leadership and to engage the campus community in productive dialogue about campus climate issues and to make recommendations toward action. Membership includes WU administrators, faculty, and students (appointed by ASWU) and reports to the VP for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
The charge of the University-wide Undocumented/DACA Support Committee is to identify obstacles and opportunities for students who hold a DACA/undocumented status. These students are unable to tap federal financial resources and this barrier, among others, hurt retention and degree attainment. This committee will secure and provide resources and a voice that supports these students as they complete their collegiate journey. This includes advocacy, legal advice, financial assistance, and confidential support. The committee is comprised of WU administrators, faculty, and students and reports to the VP for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
The charge of the University-wide Accessible Education Committee is to review University accessibility from a programmatic and systemic perspective. The committee will work with Accessible Education Services, Bishop Counseling, and student groups to review and develop policies, which promote independence and autonomy among students with disabilities, encouraging accessibility by design rather than by exception. The committee is comprised of WU administrators, faculty, and students and reports to the VP for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
The University-wide Title IX Advisory Committee meets to ensure campus wide coordination of Title IX compliance and best practice efforts to prevent and respond to Title IX matters. The committee chair is the Willamette University Title IX Coordinator. Membership includes Title IX Deputies (student and employee), Director of Bishop Wellness, Director of Campus Safety, Director of Res Life, Athletic Directory, and General Counsel, as needed. In addition, the Committee includes two faculty members and one to two student representatives, appointed by ASWU. The Coordinating committee discusses proposed policy, prevention and response efforts, as well as the implementation of the President’s Working Group on Sexual Assault and Harassment recommendations. The committee regularly reviews data, training materials, and best practices regarding Title IX compliance.
The College of Arts & Sciences Multicultural Affairs Committee (MAC) actively promotes and increase awareness of, and a shared commitment to, inclusiveness, equity, and diversity throughout Willamette University by working to foster inclusive excellence in pedagogy, curricular reform, and faculty recruitment and retention practices. Membership is comprised of a chair, three CAS faculty members, the Director of Multicultural Affairs, two representatives from Academic Support, and two students, nominated by ASWU.
The Student Center for Equity and Empowerment is a welcoming and inclusive space where students of various identities can find resources, support networks, and build community. The uniqueness of this space is grounded in the empowerment of students from historically underrepresented groups and their allies to discover and challenge themselves as active members of the academic community and individuals of lifelong learning. The Advisory Board will act as advocates and supporters of the Student Center for Equity and Empowerment in order to help them support their mission, goals and objectives. The board will also take a role in assessing and evaluating the center’s efforts at maintaining its mission. The chair of the board is the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the membership includes one student representative from the E&E, the E&E student supervisor, the Director of Multicultural Affairs, one faculty person, the University Chaplain, the Sr. Associate Dean of Students, and one staff person from Willamette Academy.
The University-wide Trans* Advocacy Committee works to support and advocate for trans*, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff on campus. The Trans* Advocacy Committee is comprised of students, staff, and faculty who take an active role and share in the responsibility of addressing trans* inclusion in all aspects of campus life. Charges include providing advice on best practices and strategies for trans* inclusion, supporting education for the campus community, and considering structural and policy changes that promote equity. The committee chair is the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and membership includes a representative from Bishop, a CAS faculty rep, a student rep from Rainbow Alliance and OUTlaws, an Athletic representative, and ASWU reps in addition to other interested community members.