Tools and Training for Faculty and Staff

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs offers training and compiles resources, published here, for all members of our WCU community. Making Diversity Personal requires that each one of us accepts the responsibility for our workplace culture and the educational climate at Western Carolina University.

Training Offered

Green Zone Training

An initiative to support student veterans and educate the campus community.

Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone Program provides training to students, faculty, staff, and community members to increase awareness and sensitivity to issues of gender and sexuality. Safe Zone also creates a network of support, resources, and allies committed to supporting gender, sexuality, and identity issues reflected in the campus and the local community.

National Coalition Building Institute

Controversial Issues Train The Trainer program gives leaders a way to take on some of the most heated contemporary debates, including abortion, capital punishment, immigration, same-sex marriage, environmental policy, and assisted suicide, as well as regional and local issues of significance. Discussing these topics is difficult even for the most seasoned of leaders because the questions they raise challenge core beliefs and evoke strong emotions.

At WCU an internal resource team leads the Controversial Issues Process.

Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence

Currently, under development, this certificate program will help students to develop an appreciation for their own cultural identities. Additionally, students will utilize that awareness to become critically self-reflective in their focus around differences in the cultural identities of others as viewed through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation and others. 

Diversity Resources

University Resources and Groups

  • LGBTQ Working Group The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Working Group is to facilitate conversations and actions that increase and sustain an affirming and safe campus climate for individuals and groups from a diversity of gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. They promote dialogue around gender and sexuality that are supportive and educational in support of the University mission and values.
  • International Faculty and Staff Council - A group of international faculty and staff at WCU, to promote diversity and inclusion at WCU and the local community. The Council consists of faculty and staff with international heritage as well as faculty and staff who are interested in promoting international cultural understanding on WCU campus and in the communities of western North Carolina.

External Resources Supporting Diversity in Higher Education

Conferences on Diversity

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