|Submission Date||March 31, 2021|
South Seattle College
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination
|1.33 / 2.00||
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:
Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:
Our office originated as the Cultural Center and the Gender Equity Center, both founded in 2005. The two offices merged in 2017, to become the Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (CEID). We carry on the goal of supporting the academic, professional, and personal success of multicultural students of all genders. We strive to accomplish this goal through providing a supportive environment, resource and scholarship information, in addition to the services mentioned above. CEID empowers student leaders, whom we call Student Commissioners, to explore, celebrate, and educate the campus community about gender, racial, and cultural equity.
Leadership Training Opportunities
The Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity annually hires and trains a team of student leaders who will support the academic, personal, and professional success of its constituents in the campus community by providing resource referrals, educational programs addressing pertinent issues impacting students and by creating a friendly and supportive environment for all.
Multicultural Events & Programs
Resources, Referrals & Advocacy
For your social and educational needs, textbooks and diversity books/films loan libraries can be found at the Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.
Estimated proportion of students that has participated in that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Student Life student employees (approximately 20-50 depending on the year) are brought to campus for an orientation prior to the beginning of the school year. Diversity and equity training is always included in orientation as South Seattle is a culturally, socio-economically, and otherwise diverse campus. The Student Life training includes activities like the "Privilege Walk," understanding social justice, student populations at South Seattle, sexual harassment training, and others. South Seattle celebrates Lunar New Year, Black History Month and Women's History Months through speakers, workshops on identity and culture, open microphones, and other activities. More recently, DACA workshops have been created to support immigrant students. Additionally, South Seattle strongly supports (i.e. funds) students to attend the Multicultural Students Services Director’s Council’s Students of Color Conference annually, which includes multiple days of diversity and equity workshops, speakers, trainings, activities, and more. The goal of the conference is to support Washington State students to become more active proponents of their own education and life choices, and expand the opportunities and possibilities for students to become agents of change.
The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) provides various trainings and activities. Some examples include the Seattle Race Conference (off-campus, team professional development), Faculty & Staff of Color Conference (FSOCC, off-campus, team professional development), National Conference of Race and Ethnicity (NCORE [off-campus, team professional development], Faculty of Color Mentorship Program (off-campus, team professional development), and many more.
Additionally, the Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI), is a partnership between Bellevue College and South Seattle College. It focuses on honing skills for becoming a culturally responsive social justice leader of the community and technical community colleges in Washington State. The dates are as follow (All sessions held remotely):
Attend the retreat (Two days, four hours each), January 11 & 12, 2021 (Required).
Attend five (half-day) workshops during the 2021 academic year, along with graduation November 11, 2021. All workshops will be held remotely (Required).
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
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