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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

WKU Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

In accordance with the Kentucky Public Postsecondary Education Diversity Policy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Council on Postsecondary Education requires an institutional diversity plan. Western Kentucky University's University-Wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan, as mandated, focuses on each of the following three (3) areas.

Opportunity - Recruitment and Enrollment of Diverse Students

Success - Student Success

Impact - Campus Climate, Inclusiveness, and Cultural Competency


The University-Wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan for academic year 2017-2022 was approved by Western Kentucky University's Board of Regents on October 27, 2017. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Western Kentucky University's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee consists of faculty and staff from varying campus units. They meet monthly during the academic year. These faculty and staff include: 

Mr. Fabian Alvarez

English Department

Dr. Saundra Ardrey
Political Science

Ms. Leah Ashwill
Center for Citizenship and Social Justice

Dr. Lauren Bland

Communication Disorders

Mr. Michael Crowe

Office of Student Conduct

 Dr. Peggy Crowe

Counseling and Testing Center

Mr. George Dordoni

International Enrollment Management

Dr. Dawn Hall

School of University Studies

Mr. Joshua Hayes

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

Dr. Lynne Holland

Office of the Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Aaron Hughey

Counseling and Student Affairs

Ms. Sharon Hunter

Division of Enrollment Management

Dr. Bruce Kessler

Department of Mathematics

Dr. Karl Laves
Counseling and Testing Center
Ms. Angie Link

Recording Secretary

Ms. Jennifer Markin
Academic Advising and Retention Center

Dr. Jane Olmsted 
Gender and Women Studies

Dr. Jackie Pope-Tarrance
Social Psychology 
Ms. Carrie Pratt
Office of Student Publications

Dr. Andrew Rosa
African American Studies Program

Dr. Martha Sales
Intercultural Student Engagement Center 
and TRIO Programs

Ms. Stephanie Sieggreen
International Student Office

Ms. Aurelia Spaulding
Division of Public Affairs

Dr. Helen Sterk
School of Communication



Student Equity Council


The purpose of the Student Equity Council is to assist the Chief Diversity Officer in continued development of an inclusive culturally pluralistic campus environment, where diversity is not only tolerated, but also celebrated. Additionally, the group will be the eyes, ears, and voices to assess campus climate, provide the student perspective on the institution’s diversity and equity initiatives, and plan and support educational and informative programs intended to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and cultural competency skills around the celebration of human differences. The Student Equity Council is a two-year appointed commitment. Learn more.

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 Last Modified 9/7/18