Diversity Resources

Western is committed to providing students from all backgrounds and academic levels an accessible, inclusive, and equitable learning environment that results in credential attainment. Western and its employees are committed to every student, every day.

Fundamental Beliefs

  • Every employee, regardless of position or title, is obligated to help create accessible, inclusive, and equitable conditions for student success.
  • Teaching should be inclusive of all cultures and backgrounds and appropriate to the needs, abilities, and aspirations of each student.
  • Students’ self-efficacy is increased by balancing academic rigor with compassionate support, effective teaching methods, and a precise focus on career-relevant topics and skills.
  • Academic, social, and emotional assistance should not be stigmatizing. Success achieved with support is still success.

Faculty Resources

Using Films from the Make Change Film Series

(Link: https://www.westerntc.edu/leadership-involvement-opportunities)

To bring light to issues and problems experienced by numerous communities and across shared identities, a community-based discussion allows for students to become better informed while concurrently bringing in their perspectives, lived-experiences, and challenging what they know.

Facilitation Resources

  • Voices of the Sea Documentary: “A young mother yearns to escape the unending hardships of a remote Cuban fishing village in search of a false and potentially fatal American dream. Illuminating the real struggles of the Cuban people with unique access and empathy.”
  • Tribal Justice Documentary: “In Tribal Justice, two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working. Mainstream courts across the country begin to take notice.”

Social Justice and Inclusion

The following resources will help you engage with diversity topic in your classroom, strategies for conversing about controversial topics in the classroom, and more:



Need Assistance?

We want to help you integrate more information regarding social justice and inclusion into your course/program, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help and support. Feel free to contact us via phone, email, or by simply dropping into The SPACE in Student Success Center Room 222 to chat.

Name Title Email Phone
Kari Reyburn  Director of Equity, Inclusion, & Community Engagement   reyburnk@westerntc.edu (608) 789-4798
Julie Christensen  Community-based Learning Specialist  christensenj@westerntc.edu (608) 789-6191
Aislinn Hernandez  Student Inclusion Specialist  hernandeza@westerntc.edu  (608) 785-9468 
Linh Nyguen  Intercultural Initiatives Coordinator nguyenl@westerntc.edu  (608) 789-6270 
AJ Clauss Equity and Inclusion Coordinator claussa@westerntc.edu  (608) 789-6111