Westfield State University is committed to building a culturally diverse community dedicated to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment.
We work to create a welcoming environment that celebrates individuality while providing a place for students to become empowered through leadership opportunities. We strive to better the campus and student experience in diverse and thought-provoking ways, and pride ourselves as a place open to creativity and forward-thinking, even as we continue to honor the traditions of our past.
- Sharing a common definition of diversity, inclusion, and equity helps to provide language to the community for ensuring we live our values everyday.
- Diversity: the representation of all our varied identities and differences (race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, tribe, caste, socio-economic status, thinking and communication styles, etc.), collectively and as individuals.
- Inclusion: the process of building a culture of belonging through deliberate efforts to ensure all members of our community feel welcomed and different perspectives are respectfully heard. Every person’s voice adds value to our community. By building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage our resources to advance our collective capabilities.
- Equity: Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all.