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 October is…
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.October is also LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.
October 2: Simchat Torah, a Jewish holiday, marks the end of the weekly readings of the Torah. The holy book is read from chapter one of Genesis, to Deuteronomy 34, then back to chapter one again, in acknowledgement of the words of the Torah being a circle; a never ending cycle.
October 8: Canadian Thanksgiving, a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.
October 8: National Indigenous People’s Day, an alternative celebration to Columbus Day, gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.
October 11: National Coming Out Day. For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.
October 19: Dussehra (Dasera), the beginning of a ten-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil.
October 20: The day Sikhs celebrate Sri Guru Granth Sahib who is their spiritual guide.
October is also National Hispanic Heritage Month. Learn more.
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
- Coalition of Communities of Color
- Disability Rights Oregon
- 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
- Diversity and inclusion resources at the W.A. Budden Library
University Diversity Information