Office of Diversity, Recruitment and Retention

Welcome to the Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention Office!

Purpose and Mission

The Diversity Recruitment and Retention (DRR) Office supports the Woodring College of Education in its commitment to fostering a culture of learning that advances knowledge, embraces diversity, and promotes social justice. The DRR office provides intentional and critical college access and student support services to prospective and current Western Washington University students of color through culturally responsive and purposeful outreach, pathway programming, and student engagement. Furthermore, the DRR office strives to create a space with students of color, students from other underrepresented groups, and allies to build a community to provide leadership, mentorship, support systems, and share conversations about diversity and inclusion in education and society.  

As part of a collective with other programs, centers, academic affairs, and student services, and organizations, the DRR office is committed to dismantling unjust current conditions and practices that dehumanize and prevent our students of color from access to our college programs and resources.   

Upcoming Events

February 2nd-4th, various times Black Lives Matter at School Conference

From February 2 - February 4, Woodring College of Education will host the first-annual Black Lives Matter at School Conference. This week of action is part of the National Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action and Year of Purpose campaign taking place in cities across the U.S. to promote a set of national demands based in the Black Lives Matter guiding principles that focus on improving the school experience for students of color.

The Black Lives Matter movement is a powerful, non-violent peace movement that systematically examines injustices that exist at the intersections of race, class, and gender; including mass incarceration, poverty, non-affordable housing, income disparity, homophobia, unfair immigration laws, gender inequality, and poor access to healthcare.

For more information, please visit: https://wce.wwu.edu/BLM-at-School 

Registration link TBA