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.
February 1: National Freedom Day, which celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.
February 2: Candlemas – A Christian holiday that celebrates three occasions according to Christian belief: the presentation of the child Jesus; Jesus’ first entry into the temple; and Virgin Mary’s purification.
February 2: Imbolc, a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring.
February 2: St. Brigid of Kildare, feast day for St. Brigid celebrated by some Christian denominations.
February 3: St. Blaise Day (The Blessing of the Throats), the feast day of St. Blaise of Sebaste celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church and some Eastern Catholic churches.
February 3: Setsubun-Sai (Beginning of Spring), the day before the beginning of spring in Japan, celebrated yearly as part of the Spring Festival.
February 3: Four Chaplains Sunday commemorates the 55th anniversary of the sinking of the United States army transport Dorchester and the heroism of the four chaplains aboard.
February 5: Lunar New Year, one of the most sacred of all traditional Chinese holidays, a time of family reunion and celebration. Lunar New Year is also celebrated at this time in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Mongolia.
February 5-6: Losar, the Tibetan Buddhist New Year, a time of renewal through sacred and secular practices.
February 8: Nirvana Day, the commemoration of Buddha’s death at the age of 80, when he reached the zenith of Nirvana. February 15 is an alternative date of observance.
February 14: St. Valentine’s Day, a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus. Typically associated with romantic love and celebrated by people expressing their love via gifts.
February 18: Presidents Day, a federally recognized celebration in the United States of George Washington’s birthday, as well as every president proceeding Washington.
February 19: Lantern Festival, the first significant feast after the Chinese New Year, named for watching Chinese lanterns illuminate the sky during the night of the event.
February 19: Magha Puja Day, a Buddhist holiday that marks an event early in the Buddha’s teaching life when a group of 1,250 enlightened saints, ordained by the Buddha, gathered to pay their respect to him.
February 26-March 1: Intercalary Days, celebrated by people of the Bahá’í faith. At this time, days are added to the Bahá’í calendar to maintain their solar calendar. Intercalary days are observed with gift giving, special acts of charity, and preparation for the fasting that precedes the New Year.
Diversity and Inclusivity Clubs
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
- OHSU Transgender Health Program
- 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