Welcome to the Diversity Affairs Office at Fort Lewis College

The Diversity Affairs Office seeks to create an inclusive campus and understand the diverse backgrounds of our Skyhawks community members. We honor our collective contributions to campus life and learning and endeavor to create a more equitable campus.

Land Acknowledgement

"We acknowledge the land that Fort Lewis College is situated upon is the ancestral land and territory of the Nuuchiu (Ute) people, who the United States Government forcibly removed. We also acknowledge that this land is connected to the communal and ceremonial spaces of the Jicarilla Abache (Apache), Pueblos of New Mexico, Hopi Sinom (Hopi), and Diné (Navajo) Nations.

It is important to acknowledge this setting because the narratives of the lands in this region have long been told from dominant perspectives without full recognition of the original land stewards who continue to inhabit and connect with this land.

Thank you for your attention and respect in acknowledging this vital legacy. "

Contact us

Vice President of Diversity Affairs

Heather Shotton
Location: Berndt Hall
Email: hjshotton@fortlewis.edu 

Melissa Schechinger, Executive Assistant to the Vice President
Location: Berndt Hall, RM 170
Phone: 970-247-6034
Email: maschechinger@fortlewis.edu