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Office of Outreach and Education

Equity Workshop Series

The new three-part Equity Workshop Series is a foundational workshop series for WSU faculty, professional staff, and administrators that promotes conversations about inclusive language, identity exploration, and how to engage across difference. Participants will also learn tools and best practices for mindfully incorporating these ideas in their work at WSU.

The Equity Workshop Series is developmental, with each workshop building upon subsequent sessions in the series.  As participants develop shared language and explore areas related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, they are able to move together along a continuum of practice within the institution.

Equity 101 and 102 are presently open to WSU faculty and professional staff across the WSU system. Trainings are available in person at the Pullman campus and through videoconferencing.

Individuals can visit to register for Equity 101 as well as Equity 102-(Prerequisite: Equity 101).

To request a training session for your team or department, contact Merrianneeta Nesbitt at or 509-335-5078.

Workshop Descriptions

Equity 101: Defining and Cultivating Inclusive Excellence at WSU Available Now
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about WSU’s values as they relate to equity and inclusive excellence. Participants will also explore key terms related to equity and inclusion, examine notions of intent versus impact, and discuss affirming language.

Equity 102: Who are You? Fostering Critical Self Awareness to Engage Across Difference – Available Now (Prerequisite: Equity 101)
Equity 102 encourages participants who have completed Equity 101 to go further to foster critical self-awareness as they explore their own identities, including their unique characteristics and social locations. Throughout the workshop, participants will discuss how their identities shape their beliefs, values, expectations, perceptions, and actions and develop skills for engaging across difference at WSU. Equity 101 is a prerequisite for this training.

Equity 103: Moving From Equality Towards Equity – Starting Spring 2020                            (Prerequisite: Equity 101 & 102)
Equity 103 will expand participants’ understanding of how they can build an equity-minded WSU. Participants will examine the distinct difference between equity and equality; explore concepts of power, marginalization, and privilege; discuss historical and ongoing inequities in society; and build skills for fostering equity. Equity 101 and 102 are prerequisites for this training.

Equity 101 Testimonials

“Great conversations all around. I liked breaking down certain questions. (This training will) allow me to explain terms much better when working with students.” – Participant

"I'm very interested in continuing on in the upcoming (Equity 102 & 103) workshops...this training helped me learn new ways of being open. Thank you!" – Participant

Equity 102 Testimonial

"I'm so glad I took Equity empowered me to have conversations I used to think were hard; this (Equity 102) gave me even more tools to take on the perspectives of people I work with and deepen those conversations." -Participant 

Certificate Program

The Equity Workshop Series is also part of an upcoming, system-wide certificate program that will launch in Fall 2020. The certificate program will offer additional workshops and professional development opportunities beyond Equity 101-103 to further expand participants' understanding of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and add depth to the growing conversations occurring across the WSU system. 

Completing the full Equity Workshop Series (Equity 101, 102, and 103) is the first step for those interested in beginning the certificate program.

By Fall 2020, additional workshops and training sessions that comprise the certificate program will be identified across WSU. At that time, an outline of all offerings will be advertised in one 'hub', where WSU faculty, staff, and administrators can select the programming they will take to complete the certificate.