EWU to maintain Office for Diversity and Inclusion in response to community feedback

CHENEY, Wash. — Eastern Washington University will maintain its Office for Diversity and Inclusion, despite previous plans to decentralize it. 

The university made the announcement Tuesday, saying the ODI will continue to be led by Shari Clarke, vice president for diversity. 

EWU first announced plans to shift some ODI services into Academic Affairs back in March, according to the university’s website. A separate plan would have consolidated EWU’s diversity academic programs into one department. 

EWU President Mary Cullinan reconsidered those changes upon hearing feedback from the campus community. 

Instead, the ODI will place even more emphasis on promoting racial equality across campus. 

This will include working closely with Academic Affairs to ensure faculty receive the training and resources needed to infuse diversity and equity into their curriculum and classrooms,” it reads on the university’s website. 

As part of the shift, EWU’s Pride and Multicultural Centers will be housed in Student Affairs. 

The university will also continue to host forums and educational sessions for students and community members.

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