Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As part of Washington State University and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), the Department of Plant Pathology is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment for students, staff, faculty, and the communities we serve and in which we operate. In concordance with our Land Grant mission, we believe that access and opportunity to engage in enhanced learning, research, and community outreach should not be limited by one’s origin, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, apparent and non-apparent disability, religious affiliation, immigration status, or political opinion. We are strengthened by diversity and strive to create a department where individuals with disparate life experiences, backgrounds, identities, and abilities as well as work locations across the state, can thrive.

The Department of Plant Pathology is committed to identifying areas for improvement in diversity, equity, and inclusion in our operations. We do not accept negative behavior, and it is our goal to create a culture free from intimidation and discrimination, and in which accountability to one another is built on trust, accommodation for individuals, and a shared commitment to a supportive environment.

The DEI Committee for the Department of Plant Pathology is raising awareness within the department and coordinating educational efforts in areas such as inclusive presentation of research ideas and information, cultural and identity sensitivity training, and accessibility and accommodation in WSU facilities. Our department DEI committee members also interface with the CAHNRS and other WSU DEI committees. We invite speakers from WSU and the larger plant pathology community on a semi-annual basis to share with our department community about challenges and opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work at an R1 research institution. We believe it is our individual responsibility to become informed about DEI, instead of relying on those in communities where equity is not yet realized. Our commitment to DEI requires cooperation and regular reflection as we continue to invest in our current and future talented team for an equitable and inclusive space.

Community Support Resources

Multicultural Resources

Immigration Resources

LGBTQ+ and Women’s Resources

First Generation Student Resources

Disability/Accessibility Resources

Economic Resources

  • Clothing Resources
    • Rosario’s Place

Harassment/Discrimination and Legal Resources

Academic and Professional Resources

Funding Resources

General Resources

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