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Mission of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Lower Columbia College celebrates and embraces diversity of all kinds, including differing beliefs, cultures, people, and experiences. We commit to institutional and individual changes that recognize, understand, and challenge patterns of social inequity and systemic disparities within our ever-changing world. As part of this commitment, we strive to strengthen practices involving student success, cultural enrichment, diversity education, curricular transformation, and employee development. We are dedicated to promoting an accessible, inclusive, and safe environment that fosters cultural competency, educational equity, and social justice for all students, staff, faculty, and our local and global communities.

Diversity and Equity Insitutional Plan 2019-23

The Diversity and Equity Insitutional Plan 2019-23 Goals are listed below. Click the link for the ten-page plan!  

  • Goal One: Hire and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of our student body
  • Goal Two: Support a self-reflective institutional culture that fosters a welcoming, safe, and
    inclusive campus climate
  • Goal Three: Continue to develop a culturally competent campus workforce
  • Goal Four: Design and provide culturally responsive and inclusive academic programs and
  • Goal Five: Support, retain, and recruit a diverse student population

Workforce Diversity Plan

Lower Columbia College is committed to hiring and retaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of
our student body. Read the Lower Columbia College Workforce Diversity Plan for more information.

Undocumented Students/DREAMers

Undocumented students in Washington state have the right to attend colleges and universities. Many qualify for state-funded financial aid because of the Washington Dream Act, also called the The Real Hope Act which was signed into law in 2014.

Learn more about who to contact at LCC, and policies and practices that protect LCC students.

Safe Zone Training

The Safe Zone Project

The Safe Zone Project is a new program on the LCC Campus that will offer a visible message of inclusion, affirmation, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. Trainings will be available to help staff, faculty and students become more aware of the problems facing our students of diverse gender and sexualities and offer guidance on how to support those students.

Our curriculum is a three hour program provided through The Safe Zone Project.

Bias Response Team

A diverse group of campus representatives available to determine a rapid and effective response to incidents of bias. See Bias Response Team.

Diversity & Equity Center

Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center, Room 201. See Campus Map.

  • Events and Activities - focusing on diversity and equity for students and employees

Diversity Clubs, Groups & Organizations

Participate in diversity-focused events at Lower Columbia College. See Campus Calendars.

Services and Programs

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