Faculty and Staff Resources


The need for knowledge of cultures, religions, and identities has been increasing; that is why the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has created this resource page for the faculty and staff members at Westminster College. This page contains important information for the faculty and staff and provides diversity trainings, workshops, and lectures.

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Seminars and Workshops

Diversity Lecture Series

The Diversity Learn and Lead events engage those in conversations about specific diversity topics and how we can create inclusive spaces. Attendees will gain resources and hear from leaders and scholars. These experiences are meant to allow individuals to learn, share with colleagues, and lead in your specific role.

List of events

Thursdays, Noon-12:45pm Kim T. Adamson Alumni House, Lower Level

October 12th
Diversity and Student Success

November 2nd
Diversity and Democracy

February 22nd
Diversity and Teaching

April 5th
Diversity and Organizations

  • Inclusive Workspaces - Basic policies and practices that foster inclusive work environments. (Avg. time: 90 min.)
  • Diversity at Westminster - Overview of how diversity is framed at Westminster (Avg. time: 40-50 min.)
  • Introduction to Bias - Explore different types of biases and how it can impact your personal and professional practice (Avg. time: 90-120 min.)
  • Inclusive Teaching - Learn basic strategies for creating classroom environments that support student success of all students (Avg. time: 90 min.)
  • Diversity in Hiring - Inclusive and legal strategies for incorporating diversity in the talent search, reviewing, and development process (Avg. time: 90-120 min.)
  • Cultural Competence - An introduction on how to build your awareness and rethink practices (Avg. time: 60 min.)
  • Diversity and Leadership - Exploring a framed leadership model and identifying diversity as a critical component (Avg. time: 80-120 min.)

Request Diversity Education, Speaking, or Consultation

Please complete this form if your department, school, or office would like to request a workshop, training, or consultation from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Please note: a) request should be made at least two weeks in advance and b) depending on request, you may be referred to a subject matter expert.

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I acknowledge that this request must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the requested experience; requests may be accepted or declined depending on availability and scheduling; I may be referred to a subject matter expert depending on the topic; and fees may apply for off-campus experiences and/or for non-Westminster entities. (required)
If you have additional questions: You may contact deievents@westminstercollege.edu for additional questions and a member of our team will contact you

Education Resources

What is diversity and Inclusion?

Diversity: Individual differences, life experiences, group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and disability), historically underrepresented groups, and groups with cultural, political, religious/spiritual, or other affiliations. Adapted from the AAC&U.

Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and emphatic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. From the AAC&U.

Westminster College’s Diversity Statement

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Student Diversity and Inclusion Center

Equality and Equity: What is the difference?

Equality: A state of being that allows all persons to have equal access to rights, status, and opportunities. (Adapted from here).

Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that address institutionalized achievement gaps in student success and completion. (Adapted from the AAC&U).

Hiring Practices

Unconscious bias

Intersectionality

Intersectionality: Recognizes that individuals have multiple interlocking identities defined in terms of sociocultural power and privilege, and that these identities shape people's individual and collective experiences. Identity is understood as all identities held by the individual, as well as the systems of privilege and oppression within which their identities are located. Informed by Shields, 2008.

Pronouns, Gender Expression, and Gender Identity

Gender Pronouns: Gender pronouns are the words used to talk about someone in third person.

Example: She/He/They/Ze/Per/ Xe/ etc.

What are pronouns and how do I use them correctly?

Guide on Gender Pronouns

What is the difference between sex and gender?

Sex: The biological difference between male and female determined by chromosomes and genitals.

Gender Identity: The way a person chooses to identify within the binary (male/ female) or outside the binary (Trans gender, gender non-conforming/ non-binary).

Gender Expression:  The way a person decides to express their gender. The way they express their gender could be through clothing, names, pronouns, etc. 

LGBTQIAP+ Resources

On Campus  

Queer Compass

Queer Compass is a student lead, administrative supported, initiative meant to better serve the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally+ (LGBTQIA+) population on Westminster's campus.

Inspired by the great work done by UIC’s Gender and Sexuality Center, Queer Compass aims to foster community, visibility, and openness with our Westminster students. By holding monthly meetings attendees will be able to participate in multifaceted, intersectional, dialogues surrounding issues of marginalization, victimization, safety, power, privilege, identity, gender, sexuality, navigating higher education and opportunities for growth.

 (You will have to contact Jared Winn- Taryor at jbw0811@westminstercollege.edu to find out about upcoming events).

Off campus
Words to Know