WCU student leaders and staff receive training directly related to diversity in a number of ways. The goal of training for the Residential Living staff is to help student and staff leaders understand the different perspectives of people from varying backgrounds and experiences and how diversity in a more global context impacts students on campus. The Orientation student staff training includes a cultural awareness session. Diversity issues are incorporated into student staff training as appropriate to the student staff members’ responsibilities. For example, at the University Center, facility student staff receives diversity training specifically as it relates to customer service.
Diversity related issues are embedded in training given to Residential Living staff
and Orientation staff. Training for Residential Living staff focuses on a variety
of topics on diversity from general definitions, to white privilege, and personal
experiences. Training also seeks to help staff incorporate campus climate and issues
in a broader context. The goal of training is to help students understand the different
perspectives of people from varying backgrounds and experiences and how diversity
in a more global context impacts students on campus.
Diversity awareness training is also offered to students through many departments and special programs throughout each year at Western. Formal training is offered through Residential Living, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, and through Counseling and Psychological Services. The student peer leadership organization CLAW (Campus Leaders Advocating Wellness) also offers special diversity related workshops each year. Additionally, the Department of Student Community Ethics conducts training sessions on building inclusive communities in accordance with the Campus Creed and Code of Conduct.
Safe Zone – The Safe Zone Program provides training, support, resources, and a network of allies committed to enhancing gender, sexuality, and orientation issues reflected in the campus and local community