Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Advisory Council (EDIJAC)

The College of Fine Arts Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Advisory Council works to create an evolving, collaborative community which values and affirmsall individuals. The Committee will promote belonging, dignity, equity, and justice by: 

  • Delivering relevant, ongoing education to faculty, staff, and students 

  • Prioritizingequitable recruitmenthiring, and retention practices for faculty and staff 

  • Prioritizing equitable recruitment and retention strategies for students 

  • Securing the allocation of financial and other resources towards policies and programming  

  • Establishing strategies for assessment and accountability 

  • Implementing practices for restorative justice, including bias response and support, harm reduction, harm prevention, and harm repair  

  • Convening ongoing curricular conversations regarding equity and diversity 

  • Sharing our learning with, and applying the wisdom of, other institutional efforts on accessibility, belonging, diversity, equity, inclusion, representation, and visibility

Committee Members: Lofton Durham (co-chair), Yu-Lien The (co-chair), Dan Guyette (Dean), Kenlana Ferguson (facilitator), Jeremy Blair, Christina ChinKate Thomsen, Lori SimsLisa CoonsRozlin OpolkaAdriane LittleKimberly Dunn AdamsJacob BerglinHenning SchroderElizabeth M. CowanEmanuel-Cristian Caraman.


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Student Diversity Advisory Council

Land Acknowledgement

Land acknowledgment is a process by which individuals are prompted to consider the history of the space they currently inhabit.

We would like to recognize that Western Michigan University is located on lands historically occupied by Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmi nations. Please take a moment to acknowledge and honor this ancestral land of the Three Fires Confederacy, the sacred lands of all indigenous peoples, and their continued presence.