Tools and Training for Faculty and Staff

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

Training Offered

Listed below are diversity-centered trainings offered by various units on-campus.

Green Zone Training

An initiative to support student veterans and educate the campus community. For more information, contact  Briana Ford, Director of Military Student Services, at  828-227-3074 or

Safe Zone Training

The 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.
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Care Zone Training

CareZone, a two-hour program that provides instruction in understanding mental illness in day-to-day life, will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, September 13, in the Cardinal Room at Western Carolina University's A.K. Hinds University Center. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the disorders recognized in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) and to learn to be effective allies of people with mental illness.

CareZone is a DegreePlus event and is open to WCU faculty, staff and students. To register, contact Jessica Zellers at or 828-227-3801.

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National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)

"The National Coalition Building Institute is an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression." EODP has established a group of trainers at WCU that are equipped to facilitate diversity and inclusion training across campus. NCBI launched in April 2018, and sessions are currently being scheduled for Fall 2018.
Click here to learn more about NCBI and how to register for training.

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Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI)

WCU will offer the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI), the premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence, to faculty, staff, and students beginning Summer 2018. The IDI is used by thousands of individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence to achieve both international and domestic diversity and inclusion goals and outcomes. The cost for the survey, feedback and individualized intercultural development plan is $30. Questions? Contact Jill Cargile, Director of the Intensive English Program and IDI® Licensed Qualifying Examiner, at

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

WCU Resources and Groups

  • LGBTQ Working Group - The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Working Employee Resource Group is to facilitate conversations and actions that increase and sustain an affirming campus climate for individuals and groups from a diversity of gender expressions and sexual orientations. Further, we promote dialogue around gender and sexuality that are supportive and educational in support of the University mission and values.
  • Intercultural Dialogue Group - The We Walk Together Intercultural Dialogue Group has monthly gatherings, which either involve a potluck meal and culture presentation on campus or a shared service project. An added benefit of this group is WCU students can earn DegreePlus Cultural Responsiveness points and WCU staff can use their Community Service Hours.
  • 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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