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DEI Resources

​​Equity Committee​

The Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Equity Committee (EC) was established to seek out ways to enact values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the WRD department.

The committee charge is to:

  • Make best efforts to identify and recruit one undergraduate and one graduate student to the  Committee;
  • Develop and share processes for assuring antiracist course design;
  • Produce recommendations for antiracist assessment practices and develop antiracist assessment  training materials;
  • In collaboration with relevant program directors, identify and recommend advising materials  course offerings outside of WRD that can fill gaps in WRD offerings;
  • Review the community partner organizations working with WRD courses, with a goal to involve a  diverse group of partner organizations, including those led by people of color, in our community-engaged courses;
  • Advise students and faculty of University reporting resources and policies  under the Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures;
  • Present an annual report at the June department meeting that details the implementation of  antiracist strategies across Department programs;
  • Advise on hiring and recruitment for the hiring of faculty and staff;
  • Advise on recruitment of potential Graduate candidates;
  • Research, complete, and promote university and professional opportunities for antiracist training with the department. 

2023-2024 Equity Committee members


​​​​Resources for Faculty

Incidents of hate, discrimination, and harassment have no place at DePaul and should be reported when they occur. Faculty can read the University discrimination and harassment policy and report incidents here.

DePaul University is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and reasonable accommodation(s) for qualified individuals with disabilities and acts in accordance with applicable law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees seeking reasonable accommodation can find more information and make a request here.

The University Ombudsperson provides a confidential, neutral and independent resource for all of DePaul's faculty and staff.

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE) provides programs, services, and funding resources to support diversity initiatives at DePaul.

The Title IX office is designated to monitor and oversee overall campus-wide implementation of Title IX including training, education, communications, and administration of complaint procedures for faculty, staff, students, and third parties in the areas of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

The BUILD Diversity Certificate program reflects DePaul University's commitment to creating a learning culture that values diversity and inclusion. The certificate program helps participants develop cultural competencies, offering the tools necessary for linking diversity to organizational and work performance, and connecting the university's Vincentian mission of dignity and respect for all individuals to our core operating business principles

We recognize the land we occupy is native land. We had a part in the history of stolen land, we recognize the native people who are part of our community, and we work toward a better future. DePaul's Land Acknowledgement can be included in course syllabi and read before university-wide meetings, events, training, and large public gatherings in our community.

This antiracist reading list is by no means exhaustive but rather consists of books and readings that are intended as a stepping stone in the continual journey to do antiracist work.​

Syllabus Diversity Statement 

At DePaul, our mission calls us to explore “what must be done" in order to respect the inherent dignity and identity of each human person. We value diversity because it is part of our history, our traditions, and our future. We see diversity as an asset and a strength that adds to the richness of classroom learning. In my course, I strive to include diverse authors, perspectives, and teaching pedagogies. I also encourage open dialogue and spaces for students to express their unique identities and perspectives. I am open to having difficult conversations and I will strive to create an inclusive classroom that values all perspectives. If at any time the classroom experience does not live up to this expectation, please feel free to contact me via email or during office hours. 

If you have experienced racist or aggressive behavior in WRD (including in courses, meetings, advising sessions, and electronic communications), the WRD Equity Committee is available as a resource. For more information about equity resources in WRD, or to report a concern, please visit this website​.

​​​​Resources for Students

Incidents of hate, discrimination, and harassment have no place at DePaul and should be reported when they occur. Students can read the University discrimination and harassment policy and report incidents here.

The Office of Multicultural Student Success offers support for students of color, first-generation students, students who demonstrate financial need, undocumented immigrant students, and students with marginalized genders and sexualities. Visit the virtual office or contact (773) 325-7325.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Asexual and Ally (LGBTQA) Student Resource Center exists to promote, foster, and support a campus environment that is inclusive of people from all sexualities and gender identities.

The Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American cultural center exists to provide student-centered programs, a sense of belonging, and services to a diverse Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander student population.

The Black Cultur​al Center promotes cultural awareness and a venue for all students, faculty, and staff to learn about Black culture, heritage, and traditions. This center provides an inclusive environment to support student success and serves as a liaison to university academic partners such as African and Black Diaspora.

The Latinx Cultural Center provides a venue for all students to learn about Latinx culture, heritage, and traditions. The approach to the functions of the LCC acknowledges and affirms the importance of intersectional and holistic student development while providing and nurturing a sense of community.

Veteran Student Services assists student veterans in their transition to college and supports them in achieving their educational goals. Through collaborations with the university and external partners, they provide support, resources, and programs that are relevant to veterans at DePaul.  The office also works to promote an environment that is inclusive of the veteran experience, in which student veterans can thrive as engaged members of the DePaul community.

DePaul University provides support for undocumented students, including next steps, information, and resources regarding financial support, campus referrals, legal protections, mental wellness, advocacy, and more for current undocumented and DACAmeneted students.

Health Promotion and Wellness can help students manage stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, and overall physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Contact (773) 325-7219 or complete the intake form here.

Students seeking to speak confidentially about issues related to sexual and relationship violence should contact a Survivor Support Advocate in the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these services and to seek help around sexual and relationship violence for themselves as well as their peers who may be in need of support.

The Student BUILD Diversity Certificate program strives to create a learning culture at DePaul that values diversity and inclusion and understands the benefits of a multicultural campus. The Student BUILD program seeks to connect the Vincentian mission of respecting the human dignity of every individual within a social justice framework.

The Dean of Students Office is primarily responsible for meeting the urgent needs of students by providing clear and critical support structures in times of need. Additionally, the department helps develop and maintain community standards in order to facilitate a safe and healthy campus environment for our students. 

DePaul University Student Government Association in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Success presents the Monarch Butterfly Scholarship for returning FAFSA-ineligible, immigrant, undergraduate students. Student selections will be based on financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities, and community service.

The Office of Multicultural Student Success provides financial awards to facilitate the retention, persistence, and graduation of first-generation students and students of color who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to service and academic excellence. Announcements are posted and applications can be submitted through the DePaul Scholarship Connect website.

The Center for Students with Disabilities supports several annual scholarships for Students with Disabilities.​