Our Charge

Our mission is to promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and community (EDIC); to ensure just and equitable policies and practices. It is a moral and social justice imperative.

We recognize that ensuring our systems and processes are equitable for our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC) students and employees will take intentional action both immediately and over time.

The charge of the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Community at Seattle Colleges is to work collaboratively to help achieve the strategic goals of Seattle Colleges with priority focus on:

  • Student Success - We strive to improve student satisfaction, retention, completion, and job placement, as well as to narrow student performance gaps.
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Community - We firmly establish equity, diversity, and inclusion as a human right for all. We frame our decisions and actions with this lens and are accountable to the community.

We are also charged with adopting and implementing the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Vision Statement:

  • Leading with racial equity, our colleges maximize student potential and transform lives within a culture of belonging that advances racial, social, and economic justice in service to our diverse communities.

Theory of Change Framework   

We use the Framework for Advancing Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus to focus our work supporting the recruitment, retention, and completion of BIPoC and other historically underserved/under-supported students, faculty, staff, administration, and communities.

The framework is a signature work of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). It addresses ten priority areas where anti-racism strategies would significantly improve conditions for BIPoC students, faculty, and staff and that are applicable for a variety of college and university types.

The framework:

  • recommends areas of concern where diversity officers should concentrate their focus and areas of effort where changes can be enacted and resources allocated at their respective institutions.
  • poses several questions that diversity officers should consider as they implement anti-racism strategies into campus operations.
  • explores policy changes to advance equity.
  • is a living document, which will expand over time. It represents the ongoing sustained work to be embedded in the infrastructure of these institutions.

Framework for Advancing Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus
Click the diagram or this link for the framework document.