CAHNRS For All DEI Ribbon System

Step into the vibrant world of CAHNRS, where Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) isn’t just a set of principles but the heartbeat of our learning communities. We’re on a mission to foster personal growth and facilitate seamless communication across diverse backgrounds, weaving a tapestry of strength in our classrooms, teams, and societies. 

At the core of our commitment to serving traditionally underrepresented communities and underserved populations lies the DEI Ribbon System—a dynamic initiative that goes beyond mere acknowledgment. It’s a celebration, an inspiration, and a testament to the profound importance we place on embracing diversity at every level of our college. 

Picture the CAHNRS for All DEI Ribbon System as our compass, guiding and propelling us toward a future where DEI processes flourish. It’s not just about recruiting and retaining faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented groups; it’s about creating an educational haven in the Pacific Northwest that thrives on inclusivity. 

The CAHNRS for All DEI Ribbon System doesn’t stop at recognition; it aspires to weave Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into the very fabric of our college and WSU. Here, differences aren’t obstacles, they’re bridges to understanding and creativity. 

These values aren’t just words; they’re embedded in our policies and practices, ensuring that every member is not just acknowledged but equally valued. Join us in creating a community where difference is not just accepted; it’s celebrated. 


Tier 1 – Seed

Green Ribbon with a packet of seeds
Green ribbon with a packet of seed and “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” written on top
  • Establish a DEI Committee (pdf) in your unit or department. Include a committee charter with expectations of membership
  • Have members from every level of the unit engage in DEI activities in your unit or department 
  • Develop a list of identified projects and events in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., professional trainings, workshops, seminars, surveys, accessibility efforts)
  • Establish and document expected community norms in your unit or department 

Tier 2 – Sprout

Yellow ribbon with a sprout
Yellow ribbon with a sprout and “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” written on top

Tier 3 – Bloom

Red ribbon with a flower
Red ribbon with a flower and “Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion” written on top
  • Meet all requirements of Tier 1 and 2 
  • Demonstrate diversity, equity, and inclusion through hiring and/or implementation of data collection like DEI surveys
  • Collaboration with other units/departments in CAHNRS, other colleges, with any WSU campus, community members or external partners
  • Create and present new content (workshops, trainings, etc.) within department and beyond that encourages an inclusive environment for all
  • Proven effort to have all members of your unit or department (including students and volunteers) have baseline competency in understanding and articulating the importance of DEI through training and other development opportunities (participants may want to take at least two DEI workshops facilitated in or outside of the college, including Percipio)
  • Show leadership areas to create and support initiatives that make DEI a focus and guiding principle like creating a DEI fund
  • Encourage the creation of affinity groups and offer faculty, staff, volunteer, and unit DEI award ceremonies
    • Work with Assistant Dean for DEI to develop, implement, and assess a unit or department DEI plan 

WSU RESOURCES:          

Office of Outreach and Education

Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center

Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center

Access Center

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