Diversity & Inclusion

Inclusivity Statement

University Recreation and the Chinook commit to empowering students and community members to succeed through equitable support and engaging programming. We foster an inclusive climate that enables all to thrive.

Our Commitment

University Recreation and the Chinook actively seek opportunities to improve access to facilities and programming and the overall participant experience. Our professional staff invests in the wellbeing of our members and employees by expanding our knowledge and skills through various diversity trainings. Through the use of self-report surveys and University Recreation’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, we evaluate such data as well as current and new offerings to tailor programming to suit our patrons.

Your feedback is important to us. Please let us know if you have any feedback regarding equity, diversity, or inclusion.

Participation in Programs and Facilities

Individuals shall be permitted to participate in UREC Programs and at UREC & Chinook Facilities in accordance with that person’s consistently asserted gender identity. 


Please read below regarding individual areas. If your questions are not answered, email us at urec@wsu.edu.

Chinook Student Center

The Chinook offers a variety of accessible amenities and equipment.  Various cardio and weight exercise equipment and machines meet ADA guidelines and can be modified to meet the needs of many.  Please let any of our staff know if you would like a tutorial on how a specific piece of equipment works, how it may be modified to meet your needs, or an orientation to familiarize yourself with all of the equipment available.

The Chinook offers a gender inclusive locker room located on the basement level and gender inclusive restrooms on the ground level.  These rooms can be utilized by any individual or group who has access to the facility.  The first floor of the Chinook also features a lactation room.

Student Recreation Center

The SRC offers a variety of accessible amenities and equipment.  Various cardio and weight exercise equipment and machines meet ADA guidelines and can be modified to meet the needs of many.  The SRC also offers free weight room orientations.  Please let any of our staff know if you would like a tutorial on how a specific piece of equipment works, how it may be modified to meet your needs, or an orientation to familiarize yourself with all of the equipment available.

The Student Recreation Center offers a gender inclusive locker room located by the elevator in the first floor hallway.  This locker room can be utilized by any individual or group.  Access to the SRC pool and spa is through the Women’s or Men’s Locker Room or you can see the Service Desk Attendant to be granted access through the doors near the front of the SRC.

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports has a variety of options to meet many interests. Our sports or tournaments are offered with at least three competition levels – Recreational, Competitive, and Premier. Each sport is also open to men’s, women’s, or coed teams. Click here to see what’s offered this semester and how to get your team signed up today!

Sport Clubs

Sport Clubs are open to all WSU students, faculty, and staff. Some clubs hold try-outs, yet many are open to any individuals that are passionate about the sport they play and want to commit to the team. Check out the list of Sport Clubs here and contact the team officers to get more information and become a part of the team.

Challenge Program

The challenge program can bring teambuilding to you! Since all of our programs are customized for each group, we can accommodate a wide variety of needs in a classroom setting. Many groups opt for programming in their usual meeting space, office building, or residence hall. We have many portable initiatives with varying levels of mental and physical challenge. Click here to register your group and let us know what you’re looking for!

Outdoor Programs

The ORC offers over 100 outdoor trips and clinics each year, accommodating a wide variety of physical abilities, interests, and schedules. Ranging from introductory to more advanced programs, the ORC is bound to have something to help you get outside and play. Our well-trained staff can provide creative solutions to meet your physical or skill needs, enabling you to enjoy the outdoors with us. Activities include a variety of land- and water-based adventures that range in length from two hours to as long as 8-10 days. In addition to the ORC's regularly scheduled programs, we can customize a trip or workshop specific to your group.

Outdoor Rental Shop

At the ORC’s Rental Shop, our goal is to help WSU students and community members access the great outdoors on their own – we provide the gear. The Rental Shop offers a wide range of outdoor equipment at affordable prices. The ORC also has maps, guidebooks, and knowledgeable staff available as resources to help you plan your next adventure.

Group Fitness

Our group fitness program provides diverse opportunities to the WSU community. By offering over 170 classes per week in 30 unique formats, classes are easy to fit into your individual exercise needs, and are easily adaptable to any fitness level. Some of our classes have been adapted to meet specific cultural needs such as Women’s Only Zumba. Our instructors are trained to ensure an equitable experience for all who seek to participate. By contacting the group fitness program, we are happy to help find the class for you.

Personal Training

Personal Training provides one-on-one coaching for anyone looking for a more personalized approach to fitness. With various specialized training backgrounds in areas such as mobility and strength training, personal trainers can help find an adaptable routine to help you reach your individual goal. If you are interested in the more specialized class format, but like the group environment, try our small group training classes of no more than 12 participants including CougarFITT Club and Women on Weights.


Our Student Recreation Center pool is easily accessible with three wide steps into a water depth of two feet six inches. In addition, we have a pool lift rated to 400 pounds. Our spa has access with hand rails as well as a wide ledge for transferring.  We have a variety of equipment available (Velcro straps, aqua belts, lifejackets, etc.) to adapt a variety of exercises to fit your needs. If you are seeking additional assistance, please ask one of the lifeguards and they will be happy to help you. Certified Water Safety Instructors offer private adult swim lessons tailored to your goals and needs. If you prefer the group setting, we offer various levels of instruction and women’s only sessions.

Washington State University Non-Discrimination Statement

Washington State University (WSU) is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in education, employment, membership and contracts without regard to race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, and/or status as a veteran. WSU is committed to creating and maintaining environments in which students, faculty, staff and visitors can work, study and recreate free from all forms of prohibited discrimination and discriminatory harassment. If you have experienced an act of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, please contact WSU Center for Human Rights via phone at 509.335.8288, via e-mail at chr@wsu.edu or file a complaint online at www.chr.wsu.edu.

University Recreation and the Chinook values providing programs and activities that are accessible. We are proud to provide equipment and programming that creates an inclusive environment and makes every reasonable effort to be accessible to everyone.  Reasonable accommodations are available with adequate prior notification.  Students with disabilities who may need accommodations to fully participate in activities at UREC or Chinook must have accommodations approved through the Access Center at 509.335.3417.  Contact Joanne Greene at 509.335.9669 for more information.