Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The East-West Center's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Since its founding in 1960, the East-West Center has brought together people from across the United States, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and beyond by creating opportunities for mutual learning, equal exchange of ideas, and a platform for addressing issues of common concern

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the East-West Center and represented in the organization’s various areas of multidisciplinary programming, including cooperative research, education scholarships for graduate students, seminars, leadership trainings, policy dialogues, short-term fellowships, exchanges, and reporting tours.

Our working definitions of DEI

Diversity is a practice that emerges as differences are valued and engaged as opportunities for positive and sustainable change that empower individuals and groups to thrive. 

Equity is the practice of promoting justice and fairness in our work, by striving to identify and eliminate all forms of discrimination that serve as barriers to fair treatment, fair access to information and resources, and equality of opportunity and advancement; it recognizes that individual and institutional discrimination create advantage for some groups and persons while sustaining disadvantage for others.

Inclusion is the practice of recognizing, respecting, and incorporating different views, beliefs, experiences, and ways of being in pursuit of welcoming, participatory environments of mutual respect among our program participants, staff, alumni, institutional partners, and other stakeholders in the global community. Inclusion recognizes that no one person should be called upon to represent a whole community and thus emphasizes the importance of diverse representation at all levels of decision-making for the benefit of the overall institution. Enhancing qualities of inclusion is critical to addressing critical regional issues, to achieving improved outcomes and impacts, and to reaching our strategic goals.

DEI update

In 2020, the East-West Center convened a DEI Working Group to recommend how to further promote and integrate DEI values throughout the Center. These recommendations led to the establishment of the Center’s very first DEI Coordinator and DEI Committee in 2021. The DEI Committee represents a variety of staff from across the Center and is working on a range of initiatives that span policy, programming, training, strategy, and education.

Stay tuned for more updates to our DEI work at the East-West Center.