Diversity and Inclusion

Award badge that reads: ASEE Diversity Recognition Program - Bronze.

The Voiland College or Engineering and Architecture is a recipient of the Bronze Award for the inaugural ASEE Diversity Recognition Program.

The ASEE Diversity Recognition Program (ADRP) was created to publicly recognize those engineering and engineering technology colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.

Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Goals

Goal 1: Create and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of scholars and students.

Goal 2: Cultivate a system-wide culture of organizational integrity, effectiveness, and openness that facilitates pursuit of the college’s academic aspirations.

Goal 3: Steward and diversify resources invested by students, the public, and private stakeholders in a responsible way to ensure economic viability of the institution.



  • Assure diversity and inclusion efforts are visibly and consistently supported at the highest levels of leadership.
  • Improve mentoring of assistant and associate professors and students.
  • Continue successful programs from Advance aimed at the hiring and advancement of underrepresented faculty.
  • Develop and implement social media tools to improve outreach to underrepresented groups.
  • Assess and reward data-informed efforts by colleges and areas to improve recruitment outreach to underrepresented groups.
  • Develop and implement a recruiting plan for faculty and graduate students.


  • Maintain and strengthen units, programs, and spaces that promote community building, intercultural exchange, and a diversity of voices.
  • Recognize contributions to an inclusive and respectful work environment in employee performance evaluations.
  • Perform exit interviews for each departing faculty member and departing students to better understand the issues


  • Improve functionality of information technology systems for administrative processes, student services, and research.
  • Recognize productivity in employee performance evaluations.
  • Communicate openly and with appropriate timeliness on issues of relevance to students, faculty, staff, and external constituencies.
  • Reduce the administrative burden on high-performing faculty and staff.
  • Regularly review current work environments and processes for improvement.
  • Use data/information gathered from the employee engagement survey to improve work environment.
  • Provide resources for professional development.


  • Undertake regular evaluation of academic units, programs, centers, and institutes to ensure resource alignment is consistent with university goals and productivity.
  • Conduct evaluation and implement improvement of administrative processes to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Remove administrative barriers that prevent entrepreneurial innovation.
  • Improve administrative and academic analytics capabilities to improve decision-making.
  • Improve day-to-day communication from college administration.

Goal for the Next Five Years: 24 by 24

Our goal for the next five years is to continue to provide, adapt, and expand programming that supports the success of all individuals in our community. Specifically, we will focus on programs that actively recruit, retain, and promote to success. Our numeric metrics for success, stated below, are bold but we believe them to be attainable by building upon the foundation that has been laid over the course of the past decade.

  1. Increase the percentage of women in the undergraduate population to 24%.
  2. Increase the percentage of women in the tenure-track faculty ranks to 24%.
  3. Increase the percentage of URM students in the undergraduate population to 24%.

Meet the team

Assistant Dean for Systemic Equity and Engagement

Diversity Leadership Council

University Resources

Access Center

The Access Center serves students with disabilities and provides accommodations and services to incoming and current WSU students.


ADVANCE at WSU works to develop an inclusive research institution whose faculty are supported by a system that promotes career-long excellence for all, irrespective of gender or minority status. 

LGBTQ+ Center

The LGBTQ+ Center (formerly known as GIESORC) serves and supports LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and alumnx throughout the Washington State University system by providing resources, fostering community building, and relevant initiatives.

Office of Multicultural Student Services

The Office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) seeks to facilitate the best undergraduate experience for multicultural, first generation, and other underrepresented students.

Office of Outreach and Education

The mission of the Office of Outreach and Education (formerly the Office of Equity and Diversity) is to promote, create, and sustain an inclusive campus and community environment through education. 

Women*s Center

The mission of the Women*s Center is to engage with the multi-dimensional experiences of women, to challenge patterns of injustice for people of all genders, and to provide a welcoming and inclusive space.