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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.


Read and Discuss Diversity Reading Group
Please join LCC’s Read and Discuss (RAD) Diversity Reading Group!

What is it? It’s an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to engage in meaningful conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. Just read the featured article and attend a small group meeting to engage in respectful, open and honest exchanges with a commitment to listen and learn.

 How to participate?

1.      Download the article through the LCC library system or visit the library for assistance.

This month’s reading:  Addressing the Conceptual Challenges of Equity Work: A Blueprint for Getting Started, by Erin L Castro (2015). Use your LCC username and password to access the article. Contact the Library at 360.442.2660 if you encounter difficulties logging in.

2.      Sign up to participate in a discussion group (groups will include a facilitator and limited to no more than 15 participants):

          Monday, October 22 at 10am

          Monday, October 22 at 2pm 

          Wednesday, October 24 at 10am

          Wednesday, October 24 at 2pm

          Thursday, October 25 at 10am

          Thursday, October 25 at 2pm

3.      Read the article prior to attending a discussion group.

4.      Come to your designated discussion group, held in the Diversity and Equity Center, Student Center Rm. 201.

For questions, please contact the LCC Diversity & Equity Committee at dec@lowercolumbia.edu 

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 and faculty 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.

Click Here to Sign Up!

 

Dates available:

Quarter             Trainings          Day                    Time                               Date

Fall 2018            Safe Zone 2.0*   Friday                   9 a.m. to 12 p.m.              10/26/2018
Fall 2018            Safe Zone 1.0     Friday                   1 p.m. to 4 p.m.                11/9/2018
Winter 2019       Safe Zone 1.0     Friday                   1 p.m. to 4 p.m.                1/11/2019
Winter 2019       Safe Zone 2.0*   Thursday              1 p.m. to 4 p.m.                1/31/2019
Winter 2019       Safe Zone 1.0     Friday                   9 a.m. to 12 p.m.              2/22/2019
Spring 2019        Safe Zone 1.0     Thursday              1 p.m. to 4 p.m.                3/14/2019
Spring 2019        Safe Zone 2.0*   Friday                   1 p.m. to 4 p.m.                5/3/2019
Spring 2019        Safe Zone 1.0     Friday                   9 a.m. to 12 p.m.              5/24/2019 

                                                                       *Please complete Safe Zone 1.0 before taking Safe Zone 2.0

For more information contact Anne-Marie Klein at aklein@lowercolumbia.edu


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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