Pluralism and Social Justice at Cascadia College
Cascadia College believes that every person's background, which includes identifiers such as ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and ability, helps enrich the lives of others when an environment is conducive to the expression of that identity.
Many institutions use the worlds "multi-cultural" or "diversity" to express this concept. Cascadia College uses the world "pluralism." It is our deep commitment to provide a space where pluralism thrives and leads to social justice, another important concept on our campus.
The definitions and links below will lead you through Cascadia's commitment to these values. You may also want to review the demographics that exist at Cascadia to get a better feel for who we are.
Pluralism at Cascadia is an intentional culture where everyone's history contributes to the collective success of our community.
Social Justices at Cascadia is a condition in which each member of our community has access to the resources and opportunities they need to sustain well-being and quality of life.
Our goal is to help others learn about and express a commitment to pluralism and social justice. This commitment comes first from employees so that we may competently help students learn to respect, value and support difference.
We acknowledge that this is an on-going process that renews itself with the start of every academic year. Yet, we ultimately hope that students will understand these concepts and carry them forward to the next stage of their lives.
The Committee for Institutional Pluralism and Social Justice meets to discuss these issues and develop initiatives.
When you see the Pluralitree above, you'll know that you've reached a place that understands and supports pluralism and social justice.
Amidst this environment of national rhetoric and fear, Cascadia College is emphasizing its commitment to the principles of pluralism, social justice, and cultural richness that guide our institution. We have these values so that all of our students can reach their fullest potential. We will not tolerate behaviors that serve to marginalize individuals or groups. Those who bully, direct hate, or incite violence will be held accountable. This is neither quick nor easy work. There is no one blueprint to guide colleges through such complexity and ambiguity. We are learning together, in real time, how best to respond to questions, provide comfort and safety, and hold space for those who are struggling to understand, while simultaneously protecting free speech.
Support at Cascadia
Individuals and groups have particular needs. The following programs, places, and services are to support students at Cascadia:
- The Library Resource Guide
- Interrupting Oppression: Techniques & Strategies adapted from Hollins, C., & Govan, I.
- Learning conversation Stems adapted from Stone, D., et. al.
- Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice by D. W. Sue et al.
- Racial Microaggressions adapted from Sue article
- Some Aspects and Assumptions of White Culture in the United States by J. H. Katz
- Cascadia's pluralism door placard