Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • We strive to base all our programming on the values of education, equity, inclusion, diversity, and intersectionality. 

  • We understand that not all veterans’ experiences are the same. In fact, based on a multitude of identities, backgrounds, and experiences veterans experience their post-service time in many different ways. 

  • Veterans have given so much for their country and we would like to honor their service by providing them the best college preparatory experience we can. We understand that veterans have multiple intersecting identities that allow some veterans to be more successful than others as they transition into civilian academia. We are committed to bridging gaps of access to elite higher education institutions for all veterans.  


What are we doing to promote Diversity Equity and Inclusion? 

  • WSP is committed to ensuring all veterans are equipped and prepared to enter higher education institutions. We believe it is important to provide an inclusive environment for our diverse veteran population to be successful. We are committed to serving an ever-evolving veteran population.

  • We are committed to hosting diverse cohorts that represent a multitude of veteran experiences, including veterans of color, LGBTQIA+ veterans, and women veterans. While WSP's gender balance was in line with the military as a whole at 15%, at WSP, we wanted to do more than that, and set a goal of hitting 25% this year and will work to increase this number year over year.

  • Women Veteran’s Empowerment Dialogues (WVEDs) is a series of informational small group talks given by female or femme of center veterans. The goal of these talks is to create female and feminine of center spaces that are inclusive and empowering for veterans. Our goals with WVEDs are to attract and better serve more female veterans, grow our female networks, begin having the difficult conversations that are unique to the female veteran experience, and share at large what WSP does for the transitioning veteran, we will be hosting seminars on many topics of interest. 

  • WSP has created two identity specific GroupMe channels to better support marginalized groups. These groups are the People of Color Alumni groupme and the Women of WSP Alumni GroupMe. These channels provide members of these marginalized groups space to engage in conversations surrounding their unique veteran experiences and seek support from other veterans who identify in similar ways as they do.


Statistics about Marginalized Veteran Populations (from National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics)

  • According to data from the 2014 Veterans Population Projection Model, 5.0 million Veterans in the United States and Puerto Rico were minorities. Minorities represented about 22.6 percent of the total Veteran population in 2014.

  • A higher percentage of female Veterans are minorities than male Veterans (25.3% and 21.0%, respectively).

  • In 2017, minority Veterans were at a 40.0% higher risk of unemployment than non-minority Veterans.

  • Minority Veterans are almost twice as likely to live in poverty as non-minority Veterans, 9.9% and 5.7% respectively. Poverty rates by race were highest among AIAN (11.1%) and Black Veterans (9.3%).

  • Veterans of any race and ethnicity are fifty percent more likely to become homeless compared with all Americans and the risk is even greater among Veterans living in poverty and poor minority Veterans. 

  • Estimated 1 million LGBT veterans in the US.

  • About 1 in 3 women seen in VHA respond "yes" when screened for Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

  • 1.8 million female veterans: Women veterans comprise 10 percent of the veteran population, but only 2 percent of all working women in America.