About Common Ground

Weeklies group photoWhat is Common Ground?

We are a network of facilitators trained in an bias awareness educational program that promotes recognizing one’s own identity and understanding the challenges of others and combats discrimination from the micro to the macro level. We seek 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 interactive and introspective activities.

History of Common Ground

Created in the academic year 2007-08 the program was initially called Code Red, standing for Campus of Difference Education Network (the word “red” meaning network in Spanish) Common Ground is a part of the Division of Student Affairs. Since its beginning we have trained over 270 members of our campus community to be facilitators and have served thousands of students, staff and faculty with our programming.   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