2023 Diversity Poster Contest

The 2023 Diversity Poster Contest is an annual competition hosted by University Residences that offers Western students an opportunity to visually display how diversity impacts their lives.

Posters must promote an understanding of diversity within the Western Washington University community. Submissions work to develop and promote respect for the dignity of all people and help students gain awareness and appreciation for diversity.

Note: All submissions described as offensive, harassing, or targeting of any specific group will not be tolerated.

La Comunidad (The Community)

This year's theme is about Latine Culture and answering the question "What does La Comunidad mean to you at Western?". This years first place winner will have their poster displayed in the Latine Affinity Housing starting in the fall of 2024.


  • Our grand prize winner will receive $300
  • Our top 4 runners up will receive a cash prize of up to $50

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should electronically be submitted to Residence Life at reslife@wwu.edu. No physical or pictures of designs will be accepted.

Poster Requirements

  • Poster submissions must be 11" wide by 15.5" high (portrait settings)
  • All submissions must include the theme title "La Comunidad"
  • Submissions must be exported as a PNG or PDF with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi

Artist's Statement

The statement of your poster must answer the following questions:

  • What is the title of your design?
  • Why did you, as the artist, create this poster for the Diversity Poster Contest?
  • How does this poster design represent this year's theme of La Comunidad?
  • How does your poster support students' increased awareness and appreciation of diversity?

Contest Timeline

  • Students must submit their artwork prior to 5 pm on Monday, May 1st.
  • The Diversity Poster Contest Committee will vote on the top 5 submissions and select a winner by May 8th.
  • Winner will be announced by May 15th.
  • University Residences will publish the winner's poster to Latine Affinity Housing in the Fall of 2024.

History and Philosophy

Since 1997, University Residences has supported the Diversity Poster Contest. The event provides students the chance to artistically express what diversity means to them. Future and current students can see the diversity posters as visual representations of University Residences' commitment to a diverse and inclusive community.

Diversity Poster Committee

This year's Diversity Poster Committee consist of student leaders from the Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Inclusion Assistants and Resident Advisors. Each member is dedicated ensuring that every complete submission received is thoroughly considered and select the poster that best represent this year's theme.

Ordering a Poster

Information on how to order a poster coming soon!

2023 Winners

La Comunidad

This year's theme was focused on Latine Culture and helped answer the question, "What does La Comunidad mean to you at Western?" Through the form of a poster design. This year's winner alongside other entries will have their posters displayed in the Latine Affinity Housing community starting in the fall of 2024.

Grand Prize Winners

Savannah Beck

La Comunidad Winner 1

Maddie Debruler

La Comunidad winner 2