Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Our Mission

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will support an intersectional environment where individuals of all cultures and identities are understood, included and valued.

Vision for the Future

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will promote cultural awareness, knowledge and inquiry so that students can learn more about their personal identity(s), appreciate the uniqueness of others, and contribute to the creation of a more just society.

Signature Programs:

  • Leadership Development: Social Justice Badge. CAREER READINESS IS A PRIORITY. The new Social Justice Leadership Badge is for students who want to start leadership development related to being an agent of change. The program gives students of all identities the opportunity to understand systems of oppression, privilege, identity development, and strategies to create a more fair and just world. 

  • Courageous Conversations. Courageous Conversations is an intergroup dialogue that allows us to share our perspectives and experiences with one another about difficult issues we tend to just debate about or avoid entirely. Students will examine and discuss reading materials and videos that address issues and experiences relevant to the William Paterson student body. Intergroup dialogue cultivates engagement across differences as we explore different perspectives and raise awareness and consciousness.

  • Theme Celebrations. The Center for Diversity & Inclusion works collaboratively with Campus Activities, Service and Leadership, the Student Activities Programming Board, Student Government Association, the Office of Student Transitions and campus partners across the campus to provide enrichment programs that celebrate the rich diversity of our students. Please visit WP Calendar of Events and Pioneer Life to see the full range of programs.

  • Support Services and Resources:

    • Gender and Sexuality Resources: As a part of William Paterson’s commitment to promoting a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all genders and sexual identities, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion strives to validate the experiences through collaborative programming, education, and direct services. 

    • Faith and Spirituality: The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports interfaith programming, religious and non-religious student organizations and works with campus partners to advance spiritual awareness and celebrates the existence of religious diversity among the campus community at William Paterson.

Please explore the wide range of resources and programs that support diversity and inclusion at William Paterson University beyond the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the Black Cultural Center:

Contact Us


John Victor Machuga Student Center, Room 214