Diversity Statement: CWI strives to create a campus community with a richly diverse intellectual and social environment where opportunity, equity and protection are afforded to all.

College of Western Idaho is committed to diversity through educating, training, and employing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.  We place human rights, access, inclusion, and student success at the top of our list of priorities. Since its founding, the College has embodied a culture that encourages full participation of all members of our campus community. CWI envisions a college committed to building a learning community of excellence through the affirmation of difference. This keeps us at the leading edge in education and helps sustain the social fabric of the communities we serve.

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“CWI is [made up of] a variety of different students from all walks of life. CWI brings the young and old, making the student population diverse and interesting.” 

-- Pamela Johnston

Diversity Committee

CWI President Bert Glandon with StudentsCWI’s Diversity Committee was formed in the summer of 2012 to ensure successful implementation of diversity policies and practices. The committee consists of a president, vice presidents, and a diverse group of employees and students throughout the CWI community.

The Diversity Committee recognizes the importance of establishing sustainable diversity efforts that improve the overall institutional climate. The Committee’s charge is to promote a college community culture that it is supportive of and clearly values diversity. Developing a greater awareness and more complex understanding of diversity will enhance student learning experiences, outreach and engagement, and organization culture and climate.

The Diversity Committee seeks to broaden CWI's commitment to cultural enrichment and academic excellence by maintaining an environment that supports multiculturalism and promotes inclusion. Members of the Committee believe that each member of the College of Western Idaho community makes a valuable contribution to our intellectual and social culture. CWI seeks to transform and broaden diversity in every respect: to engage our community, utilizing it as a learning opportunity. We celebrate and embrace the opportunities and challenges that life in a genuinely multicultural campus community brings. 


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  • Rights and Responsibilities - Student Handbook
    • Student Rights and Freedoms
      • The right to non-disruptive inquiry and expression.
      • The right to reasonable and responsible use of College facilities and services intended for individual educational development.
      • The right to protection against any groundless surveillance, searches or seizures by members of the College community.
      • The right to engage in demonstrations assuming that the demonstration is not violent and does not disrupt the educational and administrative process of the College or interfere with the rights of other members of the College community.
      • The freedom of association. Students are free to organize, engage, and voluntarily participate in associations of their own choosing, subject only to reasonable College regulations ensuring that such associations are neither discriminatory in their treatment of other members of the College, nor operated in a manner that interferes with the rights of others.
      • The right to form organizations within the College for any lawful purpose. The student government constitution establishes a procedure for College sanction. For information pertaining to College organizations, visit the Student Enrichment Office.
      • The right to protection against unauthorized disclosures of confidential information contained in College records. 
      • The right to expect rules and regulations to be applied reasonably and impartially.
      • The right to enjoy all College privileges regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, and/or disability.
      • The right to exercise all rights without interference or fear of college disciplinary action.
  • Open Door Policy - Course Catalog
    • CWI has an open-door admissions policy. We welcome anyone seeking to benefit from our educational programs and services regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, and/or disability. Our open-door policy results in a diverse student population with varied experiences, backgrounds, abilities, interests, needs, and educational goals. CWI is committed to providing all eligible students access to appropriate educational offerings. CWI administers a placement test in order to place students in appropriate courses. Some programs and courses have special requirements for admission/registration. 

CWI's approach to institutional inclusion and diversity planning is holistic. We focus on practices that make all members of the CWI community feel supported, welcome, wanted, respected, and accepted. Our commitments, both regulatory and strategic, involve initiatives to enhance our campus culture and diversify our demographic composition. A diverse community includes everyone and is the foundation for the meaningful exploration and exchange of ideas.

CWI is a place where intercultural skills are developed and enacted among diverse campus constituencies. Diversity is integral to the College’s achievement of excellence and enhances the ability of CWI to accomplish its academic vision of providing affordable, quality teaching and learning opportunities for all to excel at learning for life. We aim to broaden and deepen the educational experience and the scholarly environment, as students and faculty learn to interact effectively with each other.  CWI graduates are better prepared to participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. The College models a process of proposing and testing ideas through respectful, civil communication CWI is positioning itself to make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all to foster innovation and train future leadership.