Office of Diversity Programming - About Common Ground

About Common Ground

Weeklies group photoWhat is Common Ground?

We are a network of facilitators trained in an anti-bias educational program that promotes cultural awareness and combats discrimination. We are seeking to heal and protect our campus and community from past, present and future acts of discrimination and prejudice. We do this through education and awareness and by connecting students, faculty and staff and community members in intercultural dialogue and introspective activities.

History of Common Ground

Created in the academic year 2007-08 as a program called Code Red, Common Ground is funded and supported by staff members from the Division of Student Affairs. We served a total of 1,228 individuals in the Academic Year 2008-2009 — a 71% increase from our first year on campus and even more in 2009-10. We are making great progress toward celebrating our truly multicultural community and equitable society here at Fort Lewis College.  

Anti-Discrimination Statement

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political beliefs, or veteran status.  Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and education shall be extended to all persons.  The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff.

Our Goal

Common Ground seeks to heal and protect our campus and community from past, present and future acts of discrimination through education, dialogue and introspective activities, creating awareness.

"The workshop was an excellent way to help the class bond as a group, share their experiences of discrimination, and actively pursue solutions. Students were inspired to think deeply about their own attitudes and to take action that goes well beyond the requirements for the class."

 —Dr. Sue Kraus, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department