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Unity Week 11/13/19

International Student Ally Training 12 – 2 pm | CUE 512 and via Zoom (Provided by: Alison LaRoza and INTO WSU)
CCE Service Project: Whitman Conservation District Meet at CUB L 38 | 1:15 – 5:00 pm | Transportation provided 

Assist Whitman Conservation District in their environmental restoration work, including weeding, tree planting, watering, and area cleanups. Sign up for Whitman Conservation District here.

Unity Week 11/12/19

LGBTQ+ Ally Training 10 am – 12 pm |  CUE 512 and via Zoom (Provided by: GIESORC)

This interactive training is designed to give the participant an introduction to issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The training is interspersed with short video clips to illustrate specific concepts and also includes several activities that provide the participants with opportunities to work individually and in small groups to discuss new concepts and vocabulary. One activity is about conceptualizing the influences of identity, one activity focuses on vocabulary, one provides an opportunity for role playing, and another activity involves working in small groups to process scenarios.

Inclusive Zumba 10 am | Chinook 20 (Provided by Jess Whitt)

Let’s lose ourselves in the music and find ourselves having fun while staying fit at this original dance-fitness party from Colombia! We feature various Latin rhythms and other dance styles set to high-energy international beats. Our energy levels will soar while we increase cardiovascular endurance in an effective and exhilarating workout! Free for all students, faculty, and staff.

This class is sponsored by University Recreation, the Access Center, and WSU ROAR.

CCE Service Project: Circles of Caring Meet at CUB L 38 | 12:30 – 2:30 pm | Transportation provided

Have fun socializing and assist with various activities such as BINGO, simple exercises, and other holiday-related activities or crafts. Sign up for Circles of Caring here.

Know Your Rights 3:30 – 5:30 pm | Education Addition 202 (Provided by Marcela Pattinson)
Powwow Sweat 4 – 5 pm | Chinook 20 (Provided by Joelle Edwards & Jess Whitt with University Recreation) Developed by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, it is a fitness program with a series workout videos that uses traditional powwow dances as a way to exercise. It’s a little like Zumba but with a Native twist. 
Fashion & Drag Show: United We Are Stronger   7 pm | CUB M.G. Carey Senior Ballroom (Sponsors: Marco Cerqueira/Ralph Chikhany GPSA, GIESORC, Gamma Iota Omicron)

The brands supporting the Fluid Fashion project in GIESORC are Audio Helkuik, Babeland Seattle, FluideFoxers, Kade & Vos, OtherwildRodeoH, Shapeshifters, Style Is Freedom, Sloane & Tate, Tomboy Toes, and TomboyX Special thanks to WSU’s Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles and to the brands AudioHelkuik, Babeland Seattle, Foxers, and Shapeshifters for sending looks and accessories to the Fluid Fashion Show and to the photographer Moshen Bachir, who photographed the campaign, and to the models Nitivia Jones, Samantha Villafuerte, and Brandon Schuth 

CCR Procedural Updates – June 2019

As part of Washington State University’s (WSU) resolution with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Compliance and Civil Rights has revised their internal polices and procedural guidelines.

Although the revisions do not substantively change CCR’s investigative procedures, the  revisions create a better understanding of the CCR process for all participants. The updates clarify that:

  • Both the reporting and responding parties may present witnesses and evidence.
  • Input will be requested from both the reporting and responding parties when determining the appropriate resolution path.
  • The prohibition against sexual harassment and retaliation extends to individual students and advisors acting on behalf of student organizations at the University.
  • Retaliation against participants in an investigation is prohibited; this prohibition applies to all participants of an investigation.
  • Individualized and appropriate resources, including interim measures are available to both the reporting and responding parties.

The revised procedures also clarify the rights and responsibilities of a responding party in Section IV.B and IV.C.

WSU remains firmly committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  As such, discrimination in all its forms, including discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and other sexual violence), are prohibited and are not tolerated at Washington State University.  Information on WSU’s policies and procedures for addressing discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct can be found in the WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct, Executive Policy 15 (EP 15) and in the CCR Procedural Guidelines.

Complaints under EP 15 may be filed with the Compliance and Civil Rights or the Title IX Coordinator.


Compliance and Civil Rights

French Administration Building, Room 225

Phone: 509-335-8288




Holly Ashkannejhad

Title IX Coordinator

French Administration Building, Room 225

Phone: 509-335-8288



EP 15 prohibits retaliation against participants in CCR processes. Retaliation includes any act that would dissuade a reasonable person from making or supporting a complaint or participating in an investigation. It includes action or threat of action that could negatively affect another’s employment, education, reputation, or other interest. Retaliation is a separate and distinct violation of  EP 15. Retaliatory acts should be reported immediately to CCR.

The University vigorously enforces EP 15 . Persons determined to have violated this policy are subject to sanctions imposed using the procedures set forth in applicable University policies and handbooks (e.g., the WSU Faculty Manual, the Administrative Professional Handbook, WAC 357-40 (civil service employees), applicable collective bargaining agreements, or the WSU Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26), including any appeal procedures therein.

New CCR Hires

The end of 2018 brought with it three new hires to the CCR office –

Rachel Brooks joined the office December 3rd as an Investigator and EEO Coordinator.

Jenna Van Klaveren also joined the office December 3rd as an Investigator and EEO Coordinator.

Alexis Guse joined us November 1st as our Compliance Assistant.