University of Wyoming Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Wyoming was established in 2017. After about a year and a half, the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Emily Monago, is continuing to work at creating an inclusive campus environment.

In July of 2017 the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was established at the University of Wyoming. In the fall of 2018 the official headcount for enrollment was 12,450 students at the University of Wyoming. Seventy percent of students enrolled identify as white, just over six percent identify as hispanic, and just under one percent identify as black or African American. Dr. Monago said, “One of the things that we’re focusing on is making the university of wyoming look more reflective of our population at large. So we know we have some work to do.”

The office is getting ready to put out a climate survey to gather more data on what it’s like to be a student at the university. Dr. Monago said, “We want to find out where we’re doing really well, find out where we have room to grow, and address those issues as a campus community.”

February is black history month and the university is hosting events in honor of the month. The office hopes that students are celebrating the diversity of others and ultimately leave the university with a cultural competency. Dr Monago said this means,“That they are very respectful, and mindful and have empathy. And to not target certain groups or make fun of certain groups.”

For more information on the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Black History Month events going on at the University of Wyoming, http://www.uwyo.edu.