Enrollment and Student Services ADEI Unit Update April 2023

Happy Spring! The ADEI Unit provides services, programming, and advocacy centering students with marginalized identities. Our departments – Multicultural Student Services, LGBTQ+ Western, and the Disability Access Center – are here for you. Learn more about resources we provide and ways to connect throughout the ADEI Unit website.

This update highlights some of our work during Winter 2023 and shares ways to engage with us this Spring. Students, be sure to check out scholarships available through the ADEI Unit; scholarship applications are due May 8.

We look forward to connecting with many of you and to celebrating the fabulous Western students who are graduating in June.  

Our best,

Amy, JoeHahn, Josef, and Litav

Connect with the ADEI Unit this Spring

April is Undocu-Month and Gaypril. May is Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month. Check our events page to see event details.


  • Undocu-Month includes a variety of events including the Undocu Joy Celebration on April 21. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
  • Our Multicultural Center Community Lunch on April 26 will be a discussion about Undocu-Queer Intersectionality.
  • Gaypril events include a LGBTQ+ intergenerational panel April 27 and QueerCon on April 29.
  • The Disability Outreach Center (DOC) will host an open house on April 18 from 4-6pm in their new space in Wilson 165, right next to the Disability Access Center. Come meet the DOC student staff team and check out the space!
  • Monday evenings the DAC is hosting Spoons & Knives, a social and support space for students with lived experiences of chronic pain or chronic fatigue.
  • Visit the DOC in their new space! This Spring the DOC is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 5pm and Friday from noon to 4pm. The DOC is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable students. It’s a place to study, chill, and connect with community.
  • Check out our events page for announcements about APIDA Heritage Month events in May and the Black Student Coalition Leadership Retreat, LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration, and Juneteenth Celebration in June.
  • Join us for Multicultural Center Community Lunches every Wednesday at noon. Lunch is provided and it’s a chill time to connect with other students and ADEI Unit staff and learn something new.

Faculty and staff:

  • Undocu-Month programs include a session intended for staff and faculty about legality and dropping the “I” on April 19 and an Undocu-Joy Celebration April 21.
  • Gaypril events include a LGBTQ+ Faculty, Staff, and Student Mixer on April 25 and an Intergenerational Panel April 27.
  • Our Multicultural Center Community Lunch on April 26 will be a discussion about Undocu-Queer Intersectionality.
  • The Disability Access Center will hold two workshops for faculty this quarter – Understanding DAC Accommodations: A Guide for Faculty on April 27 at 3pm and Accessible by Design on May 11 at 3pm. The DAC also holds drop-in office hours for faculty and students every weekday; the schedule is on the DAC homepage.
  • The Disability Outreach Center (DOC) hosts an open house on April 18 in their new space in Wilson 165, right next to the Disability Access Center.
  • Some ESC and LGBTQ+ clubs need an active advisor. If you’re interested in serving as an advisor, contact Chelsea Joefield (joefiec@wwu.edu) for ESC clubs or JoeHahn (hahnj7@wwu.edu) for LGBTQ+ clubs.

Additionally, the DAC has new and updated web resources intended to be helpful to students and faculty colleagues. These include an overview of the DAC’s process and information about common accommodations.

ADEI Unit Winter highlights

Early in Winter 2023, the Office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) worked closely with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Planning Committee. Many students who engage with MSS programs, along with MSS staff, participated in planning Western’s Dr. King Day events and several of our Black Student Coalition leaders spoke during the program.  

Nia Gipson, Coordinator of the Black Student Coalition, and Chelsea Joefield, ESC Club Advisor and Program Manager, co-chaired the Black History Month Planning Committee. We hosted a variety of events throughout the month, kicking off with the grand re-opening of the Black Student Coalition, holding educational sessions, collaborating with campus partners for social events such as the men and women’s basketball games, and culminating with the joyful Legacy Ball.

MSS hired two student staff in the Blue Resource Center (BRC), providing support, connection to resources, and community for students who are undocumented and from mixed status families. The BRC is now open for most of the afternoon Mondays through Fridays; office hours are online. Amy Salinas Westmoreland, director of MSS, continues to lead the Undocu Support Team; in Winter, Katy Potts, Western’s new chief of police, and the BRC’s student staff, joined this working group.

Throughout the quarter, MSS collaborated with university partners to support and host events including:

  • The Black Lives Matters as School Conference hosted by Woodring College of Education
  • With the Dance Department in the College of Fine and Performing Arts, hosting Toni Paison who taught our students traditional Filipino and Hawaiian dances
  • Partnering with the Leadership Symposium and Allied Arts to provide our student artists an opportunity to sell their art at the Allied Arts Cultural Arts Festival
  • Partnering with Melina Juárez, professor of political science, and LGBTQ+ Western, to host a Queer & Feminist Love craft night around Valentines’ Day

In Winter, the DAC was busy administering accommodations for over 2,000 disabled students. Access manager Amelia Flores jumped in to manage the daily operations of testing services, supervising student staff in testing services and strengthening structures for communication among testing staff and between testing services and other areas of the DAC’s operations.  

In Winter, all access managers began holding regular drop-in office hours for students and faculty; each access manager’s weekly hours are posted on the DAC homepage. Toward the end of the quarter, Josef Mogharreban, director of the DAC, formed a Faculty Advisory Council to facilitate greater reciprocal communication and understanding as the DAC and faculty work together to support disabled students’ access to classes.

The DAC updated and created new resources that are now live on their website, including an overview of the accommodation process, documentation guidelines for students seeking accommodations, and information geared to faculty about the most common accommodations approved by the DAC and ways these accommodations reduce barriers to accessing learning.

The DAC also strengthened our partnership with University Residences as the two departments work together to facilitate accommodations for students living in the residence halls. Staff from the two departments met in a retreat to deepen understanding of each department’s work and build stronger interdepartmental communication structures.

Josef and the DOC student staff team worked together on the DOC’s move into the DOC’s new space in Wilson 165. The DOC led a MCC lunch conversation about intersections of neurodivergence and Blackness, hosted a study session, and livestreamed the memorial service of disability rights advocate Judy Heumann.

LGBTQ+ Western’s work last quarter largely focused on programming supporting identity development, connecting with community, and learning about sexual orientation and gender identity as they interact with other aspects of identity and experience. During Black History Month, we hosted a powerful Black LGBTQ+ Experience Panel and partnered with the Black Student Coalition for a Black & … workshop. Other programs included the ongoing bimonthly Trans Tea gatherings, a food justice program with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as part of the Queering Research Series, and a trans legislation update in partnership with the Center for Law, Diversity, and Justice.

At the end of Winter, LGBTQ+ Western hired four new student staff members. Student staff were busy preparing to open the new LGBTQ+ student lounge in room 722 of the Multicultural Center and getting ready for the annual Drag Show. The student lounge is now open – come check it out!

ADEI Unit Leadership Team

Litav Langley - Assistant Vice President for Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Amy Salinas Westmoreland - Director, Multicultural Student Services

Josef Mogharreban - Director, Disability Access Center and Deputy ADA Coordinator

JoeHahn - LGBTQ+ Director