Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

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About Us

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI)

Established in 2022, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) is a hub for equity, diversity, and inclusion at CityU. Working closely and in collaboration with the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), the OEDI aims to grow and develop the infrastructure necessary to sustain just and equitable institutional policies and community engagement.

Social Justice Coalition (SJC)

Our Mission
The Social Justice Coalition and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion actively support City University’s mission by working to build a more diverse and inclusive environment for historically marginalized faculty, staff, and students. Our focus is to reduce barriers, create equitable access, and improve outcomes for Black, Brown, Indigenous People of Color, as well as people of all genders, sexual orientations, national origins, ages and abilities, religious affiliations and cultural association, military status, and citizenship or immigration status.

Our Vision
To become university and community leaders of social justice through knowledge and practice.

Our Values
The Social Justice Coalition and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are committed to creating a learning and work environment that supports social justice, equitable access, respectful collaboration, and an inclusive culture.


After several highly publicized, and often politicized, murders of young Black men and women in the United States, City University of Seattle’s faculty and staff sent a call to action to the leadership of the university. The university’s leadership decided to form a coalition designed specifically to identify and address issues of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within the institution itself. In June of 2020, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) was born and is staffed entirely by volunteers. The first three months were dedicated to identifying potential gaps in DEI at the institution and generating ideas for how to move forward. By month four, development of a diversity survey, a monthly newsletter, and book clubs were all created. The SJC continues to work toward furthering its mission to develop policies that enhance the university’s commitment to providing access to education to historically excluded students and focusing on creating processes to ensure that CityU recruits, hires, trains, and promotes a diverse group of faculty and staff.

Our Work

SJEDI Definitions

Respecting and advancing the rights, access, participation, and equitable treatment of all individuals and groups – now and in the future – including those who are and have been oppressed, marginalized, and/or mistreated, while recognizing, addressing, and overcoming the negative effects of the socio-political history and contexts that have shaped intergroup power, privilege, oppression and marginalization; institutions and systems; and educational, economic and other opportunities and outcomes.
Social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, identity and expression, and socioeconomic status do not predict life and educational opportunities and outcomes, and opportunities and outcomes for all groups are improved. Equity at CityU requires identifying and removing gaps in access, opportunity, and achievement through reexamination of policies and practices that create these gaps, while paying special attention to those who historically have been or who continue to be marginalized, excluded, and/or mistreated.
Diversity at CityU is all the ways that our people, including students (both present and potential), alumni, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders are different, particularly in identities such as race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, socioeconomic status, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, or educational level. Everyone in the CityU community makes up its diversity, and CityU is stronger because of its diversity.
Inclusion means that people at CityU across varying identities are and feel valued and appreciated, welcomed, respected, included, represented, heard, and empowered. It means that they fully belong, can be authentic, can contribute to the collective and to decisions, and have a meaningful voice, both as individuals and members of multiple identity groups. Inclusion requires actively, persistently, and systemically increasing, engaging, and celebrating diversity and fostering equity and social justice across all aspects of the institution, including actively identifying and removing systemic, structural, and other barriers.

With the support of CityU leadership, the OEDI and SJC have formed specific working groups dedicated to the advancement of DEI focused initiatives as we work toward achieving the established goals.


The following goals are a priority for the university, the SJC, and the OEDI. Ultimately, we strive to become the university and community leaders of social justice through knowledge and practice.

  • Create a sustainable, welcoming, and safe environment for all students
  • Implement strategic plans based on the Equity Audit results
  • Develop strong community partnerships
  • Create a culture of inclusion for students, faculty, and staff

SJC & OEDI Initiatives

  • Working to create a system of reporting discrimination in collaboration with the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) for faculty, staff, and students,
  • Produce comprehensive DEI focused training programs for employees, students, and the community,
  • Several initiatives regarding inclusion of DEI in university and individual program strategic planning,
  • A thorough review of all hiring policies and procedures,
  • DEI focused research, innovation, and creative projects,
  • And increase funding for OEDI to support ongoing and future initiatives and DEI activities.

Student Affinity Groups

The purpose of a CityU Chartered Student Affinity Group is for students to have the opportunity to cultivate a community that is supportive, reinforcing, and contributes to a student’s overall sense of belonging while attending CityU. The offering of an Affinity Group advances CityU’s commitment to providing opportunities for students to engage in student allyship, networking, advocacy, and an inclusive and equitable environment.

Accessibility Resources

City University of Seattle is dedicated to providing accessible resources to our faculty and students. Please visit our CityU Library Accessibility page here.


Inclusive Excellence Framework

Adopted by National University and City University of Seattle in 2021, this framework provides the structure needed to accomplish our goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the institution.

Climate Intra/Inter-Group Relationships
Create and maintain an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment.

Innovation, Transformation, and Infrastructure
Work with the Office of Innovation & Transformation to use innovative approaches to building a robust infrastructure to support our students and workforce.

Partnerships and Community Engagement
Leverage and maximize our capacity to have the greatest social impact on the communities we serve.

Access, Affordability, and Student Success
Increase and track diversity among faculty, staff, and students.

Learning, Training, and Research,
Coordinate the areas of equitable learning and training opportunities, informed by an understanding of unique and diverse student populations.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved with the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, please contact us at To learn more about the Social Justice Coalition, please contact us at

More resources are also available from CityU’s Library.


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