Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 26.64
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date Jan. 16, 2014
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South Seattle College
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ian Siadak
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the Vice Chancellor
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

Our President’s Committee on Diversity and Retention (PCDR) goal:
To provide advice and oversight into the campus’ efforts to improve the institutional climate and practices regarding diversity, persistence and retention of students and faculty and staff of color and underrepresented groups. The PCDR facilitates the achievement of this goal through college-wide strategies, activities, initiatives and community outreach.

Current initiatives include:
An American Ethnic Studies Course (AME 201Z) – Winter Quarter
Bias Incident Response/Support Team
DRUM Book Club (Diverse Readings to Understand Multiculturalism)
Leadership training opportunities
Multicultural events and programs
Safe Zone
Resources, referrals, and advocacy for your social and educational needs Textbooks and diversity books/films loan libraries (JMB 148/RS 158)

Members of the committee, including job titles and affiliations :

The members of the committee change yearly, but current members are:

1. Erin Barzen; Vital Services Manager
2. Della Beebe; Student Life Office Manager & PCDR Secretary
3. Christian Granlund; Intake Development Specialist
4. Jane Harness; Basic and Transitional Studies Faculty
5. Cessa Heard-Johnson; Diversity, Retention & Student Life Dean & PCDR Chairperson
6. Astrid Larsen; Faculty Psychology
7. Ricardo Leyva-Puebla; Office of Diversity and Retention Director
8. Kris Lysaker; Basic and Transitional Studies Faculty
9. Dana Owens; Child Care Center Early Childhood Specialist,
10. Maureen Shadair; Title III Project Director
11. Dedrick Smith; International Programs Program Specialist II /Academic Advisor

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity office?:

A brief description of the diversity office:

Mission Statement: Diversity & Retention is a network of departments working together to foster an inclusive campus community by providing education about diversity, social justice, gender equity, and multiculturalism. We advocate for the academic persistence and success of students of color and underrepresented groups through leadership opportunities, support services, programming, and college-wide initiatives.

The number of people employed in the diversity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity office is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity coordinator?:

Diversity coordinator’s name:
Ricardo Leyva-Puebla

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Director of the Office of Diversity and Retention

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

The Director is responsible for the Office of Diversity & Retention, which includes the Cultural Center and the Women's Center. The goals and responsibilities of the office are: to conduct outreach activities, provide campus-wide professional development, offer opportunities for multicultural curriculum transformation, assess campus-wide climate, provide educational opportunities for students, and provide academic success and support services.

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity coordinator is available:
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