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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

NEWS: Higher EDquity Conference hosted by WKU, November 16th

WKU will be hosting the 2021 Higher EDquity Symposium, sponsored by the State Council on Post-secondary Education, November 16. Participation is open to all Kentucky faculty, staff, and students. The 2021 symposium will focus on the components for creating a culturally competent environment for faculty, staff, and students; minimum competencies for graduating culturally competent students prepared to enter the workforce; and other emerging topics relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Again, if you are doing research in this area, the Call for Proposals has been posted. There is a short turn-around, so if you are interested in presenting, please act now – they are due Oct. 22, by 4p.m. Submit your proposals here (http://cpe.ky.gov/higheredquity/proposals.html).

Don’t want to present? That’s fine, too! Since the conference sessions will be held at right here at WKU, November 16, from 9am-3:45pm, please consider attending the conference, even if you are not interested in presenting. If you can only come to part of the conference because of classes or other obligations, that’s okay, too! For a tentative agenda and registration, click here (http://cpe.ky.gov/higheredquity/).

Hope to see you there!



WKU Diversity Statement

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

To that end, the work of our diversity, equity, and inclusion teams across our campuses are guided by the tenant of Our Creed:


Western Kentucky University Creed

Western Kentucky University is a community dedicated to learning where ideas are offered, examined, and discussed.

As a member of this community, I have both a personal and shared 
responsibility to participate actively in university life by:

* Practicing personal and academic integrity

* Seeking inclusion by respecting the rights of all persons

Celebrating and embracing diversity

* Encouraging freedom of expression

Acting in accordance with basic principles of citizenship

*Preserving and appreciating the natural beauty of the campus

Enriching all aspects of life through the educational process and by

*Embracing the ideals expressed on the university seal: 
"Life More Life" and "The Spirit Makes the Master,"
 by pursuing personal growth and a life of excellence. 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion @WKU

Western Kentucky University provides resources to students through several campus units and programs such as those featured below - the Intercultural Student Engagement Center, the Pride Center and International Enrollment Management. For more information about what WKU has to offer in terms of enrolling, scholarships, and academic support, visit our Student Academic Resources page. In addition, you can find a direct link to our Admissions website. WKU also offers a wide-range of Student Activities and Organizations created specifically to support inclusivity across campus and our diverse student population at our local and regional campuses. Graduate from WKU gives current students and alumni information regarding graduate programs and graduate school. Additionally, Graduate from WKU will direct you to learn more online with WKU Alumni. Lastly, Western Kentucky University seeks to increase faculty and staff from underrepresented backgrounds. Our Faculty Resource page gives a glimpse into working at WKU while also encouraging visitors to learn more from WKU employment pages.


Intercultural Student Engagement Center
Intercultural Student Engagement Center
The Cynthia & George Nichols III Intercultural Student Engagement Center assists with the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented WKU students. Find us in DSU 2041. Learn more.
WKU Pride Center
WKU Pride Center
WKU Pride Center

The Pride Center supports all LGBTQIA+, questioning, and allied students at WKU. Visit us in DSU 2084. Learn more.

WKU International
WKU International
International Student Admissions and Services

We host a vibrant community of over 1300 international students and scholars from more than 70 countries. Find us in HCIC 3027. Learn more.


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 Last Modified 10/28/21