Diversity and Inclusion

A Strategic Initiative at Life West

Our mission

Build a campus culture that embraces diversity and inclusion 

Through a strategic diversity and inclusion plan, the college will foster a campus climate and college community that respects diversity and embraces inclusion. A culture of diversity and inclusion will prepare the graduate to practice and serve with individual sensitivity, compassion, and cultural awareness and a love for all humanity. This will be demonstrated in the campus culture for our students and all Life West employees to experience and follow.

Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Annette Walker

Dr. Annette Walker

Dr. Annette Walker

Dr. Walker is dedicated to furthering the goals of the strategic initiative and providing the tools and resources to foster an environment of inclusivity. She works with the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee to develop programs and continue to build the initiative within the Life West community.

Dr. Walker received her doctorate degree in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco; a certificate in Race, Equity and Leadership in Schools from Harvard University;  and a Certificate for Coaching for Equity from the National Equity Project.

Prior to joining Life West, she was the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program Coordinator at California State University, East Bay and held a leadership position as Director of Graduate Admissions. She also served on the University’s Faculty Diversity and Equity Committee and its Campus Climate Survey team. She currently serves as President of the Hayward Unified School District Board of Education.

Find her office in the Library, room 117MM.

Our Pledge

Commitment to African Americans and under-represented minorities

Life West, with the support of the President and Board of Regents, is taking committed actions to increase awareness and address racial discrimination. See the steps we’ve taken and our plans for upcoming actions.

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Our community forum

Diversity and Inclusion Network (DIN)

This online college-wide network and repository provides a platform for increasing knowledge and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Network is to promote a safe and inclusive space for dialogue and engagement. Life West is providing educational resources, workshops, and training on various topics of diversity and inclusion in this space.

Join the forum group!

Log in under the icon on the top right of the home page, then look for “Groups” under your icon.

More resources

Listen and learn

Dr. Walker has put together a list of several resources for further education. Check back frequently, as we will continue to add information to this page.

Resources and training