Posted on February 10, 2023

Washington University Janitors Required to Submit ‘Diversity Response’ on Job Application

Adam Sabes, Fox News, February 8, 2023

A college in Washington state is requiring prospective custodians to provide a “diversity response” as part of their job application.

Eastern Washington University is requiring all applicants for the “custodian/housekeeper” position to submit a “diversity response” as a component of their job application, which consists of a letter describing how applicants will support the campus’ “diverse needs.”

“As an equal opportunity employer with a multicultural staff and student population, we are interested in how your qualifications prepare you to work with diverse faculty, staff, and student populations representing various cultures and backgrounds that may be different from your own. {snip}” a webpage describing the “diversity response” states.

As a required qualification for the custodian position, candidates “must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency, universal accessibility and/or diversity,” the job description states.


Campus Reform first reported on the job description, which also contains a land acknowledgment statement.


All job postings by Eastern Washington University appear to require a “diversity response” from job applicants.