East-West Center Diversity Statement


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 on which to address issues of common concern.

The Center is fully committed to both diversity and inclusion. This commitment contributes to realizing our vision of building a peaceful, prosperous, and just Asia Pacific community. As an organization that was created to promote better relations and understanding between diverse peoples and nations across the region, diversity and inclusion are core values of the East-West Center.

The Center defines diversity as difference in race, religion, nationality, culture, gender (including gender identity and expression), age, sexual orientation, ability, political affiliation, socio-economic class, and geographic location. Inclusion is the way in which we engage one another by honoring and giving voice to different views, beliefs, experiences, and ways of being. This approach creates a welcoming, participatory environment of mutual respect among our program participants, staff, alumni, institutional partners, and other stakeholders in the global community. Inclusiveness leverages our diversity to address critical regional issues, achieve improved outcomes and impact, and to reach our strategic goals.