University of Western States strives to create a culture of inclusivity that embraces and celebrates the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Through this, UWS is committed to building a community that reflects the diversity our students will encounter in their professional lives. UWS values a learning environment in which students and employees are empowered through multicultural perspectives that lead to a culturally competent health care workforce, and where employees feel valued and enriched through their differences. UWS is committed to recruiting and retaining employees and students from demographics that are underrepresented in both higher education and health care settings by creating and promoting a welcoming environment that fosters inclusiveness and equal opportunity for all.
Diversity Statement from the President
At University of Western States, the promise of our motto— “for the good of the patient” —is available to everyone. Good health, quality of life and overall well-being are accessible to all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender identity or expression, disability, age, veteran status or financial background.
As health care providers, educators and students, we share a duty to promote cultural competence in healthcare education, to expand access for integrated healthcare services, and to increase educational and professional development opportunities for students from diverse and underserved communities.
The university mission, to advance the science and art of integrated health care, honors the contributions of all people. The UWS community welcomes a full spectrum of experiences and worldviews, invites open and respectful exchanges of beliefs and ideas, and cultivates unrestricted opportunities for innovation, creativity and synthesis. It is this spirit of exploration, curiosity and inquiry that stimulates new discoveries and novel insights, generates fresh understandings, and energizes the quest for wisdom—all for the good of the patient.
The month of June is…
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.
Join in on Pride Month in Portland with all these amazing events, including the Portland Pride Festival and parade.
June 10: Lailat-al-Qadir, the holiest night of the year for Muslims traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
June 14: Flag Day in the United States, observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag.
June 15: Eid-al-Fitr, the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marking the end of Ramadan. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.
June 15: Native American Citizenship Day, commemorating the day in 1924 when the United States Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.
June 16: the Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, observed by members of the Sikh faith. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.
June 19: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of Black Americans.
June 24: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.
Diversity organizations to check out:
- AAHC – African American Health Coalition
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Basic Rights Oregon
- The Association of Black Psychologists
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society
- American Medical Women’s Association
- Association on Higher Education and Disability
- Association of University Centers on Disabilities
- Association for Women in Science
- Causa – Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Organization
- Center for Equity and Inclusion
- The Circle of Friends for American Veterans
- Equal Opportunity Publications
- The Executive Leadership Council
- Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest
- Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Diversity Resources
- Hispanic Outlook on Education
- IRCO – Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
- Job Accommodation Network
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- National Association of Asian American Professionals
- National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
- Nonprofit Association of Oregon
- National Diversity Council
- National Hispanic Medical Association
- National Medical Association
- National Park Service – Office of Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion
- National Science Foundation – Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- National Urban League
- Partners in Diversity
- Pride NW
- RIHO – Refugee Immigrant Hospitality Organization
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
- Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists
Local events to check out:
Diversity in Education and Health Care
- Implicit Bias in Education and Medical Care – University of Oregon
- Spanish language resources at the W.A. Budden Library
University Diversity Information