Equity & Inclusion
Cascadia College values the rich diversity of our students, staff, and faculty and strives to meaningfully include all of the campus community in collectively building a college rooted in equity, social justice, and centering our most vulnerable populations. Moreover, Cascadia prioritizes substantive change over symbolic gestures of solidarity for all of the historically marginalized members of our campus community. Equity & Inclusion at Cascadia is a collective responsibility shared by the entire campus; it is a both an end goal and continual process.
A Message from the Executive Director of Equity & Inclusion, John Eklof
April 21, 2021
Dear Campus Community,
I am sure you have heard the news by now that Derek Chauvin has been found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, on all counts, for the murder of George Floyd.
Although this is undeniably a watershed moment for the country in terms of reaching some semblance of police accountability, it by no means is a cause for celebration. The jury verdict will not bring back the life of Mr. Floyd, and the systems that created the conditions for his murder, as well as countless others, still remain fully intact. This is underscored by the fact that while the verdict was being read, Ma'khia Bryant was shot and killed by the police in Columbus, Ohio.
Moreover, I believe it is critical to keep in mind that this does not put an end to this agonizing ordeal but rather, is simply the completion of one chapter. The presiding judge over this case must still decide the sentencing for Chauvin and, not to mention, the great likelihood for the defense to appeal this verdict to the higher courts. With all of these variables still very much in the air, I am reluctant to go so far as to say justice was served.
However, the verdict did offer a glimmer of hope to a country in desperate need of it. It gave hope to many that a new world is closer than we originally imagined; but hope alone is not enough. The creation of a new world in which Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color, can live freely without the fear of their lives being stolen from them because of some pernicious prejudice, requires action, in lockstep with the stubborn belief that we can make it happen.
This action looks like 17 year-old Darnella Frazier, who instead of sinking into apathy and helplessness when witnessing the murder, took out her phone and recorded the images that would eventually be shared all across the world. Without this small act of bravery, the outcome of this trial could have been very different. What would our community look like if we all were that courageous when the moment called for it?
For students that would like to come together as a community to discuss the impact of this trial, the Center will be hosting a listening session facilitated by the E&I Interns on April 22nd from 1pm-2pm. Here is the Zoom link.
For employees, the E&I Council has decided to create an additional E&I Town Hall for the second week of May to discuss the trial, the history of policing, and protests on campuses. The invitation for the Town Hall will be sent in the coming days.
Office of Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Equity and Inclusion provides strategic direction, consultation, and assistance as a key leader and voice on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion for Cascadia
The E&I Council moves E&I Plan work forward and discuss supports and solutions as issues and concerns arise
Student Advisory Committee for Equity & Inclusion
The Student Advisory Committee for Equity & Inclusion is made up of students and staff dedicated to advancing Cascadia’s E&I goals through student advocacy, campus-wide programming, and ongoing discussions
The Center is a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive physical space and environment that promotes strong social connections and encourages students to be social change agents
There are no events currently scheduled, but please check back as they are regularly added.
Cascadia champions meaningful representation of all people’s identities and diverse backgrounds on campus and advocates for consequential inclusion in hiring, decision making, and leadership at all levels. Cascadia maintains that equity and inclusion are institutional priorities and are demonstrated by:
- the hiring and retention of qualified individuals in classified, exempt, and faculty positions that represent diverse communities;
- engaging in proactive outreach and retention efforts to students who represent diverse communities;
- continuing to develop, provide, and support courses that create significant learning experiences around equity, diversity, and power through active learning, critical thinking, communication, and interaction.
- allocating relevant and appropriate resources for the implementation of this policy;
- being culturally responsive, sensitive, and cognizant of Cascadia’s diversity in campus-wide communications;
- providing on-going professional development and learning opportunities regarding equity and inclusion topics;
- including an intersectional lens during the decision-making process that affects different segments of the campus community;
- conducting annual assessments of Cascadia’s equity and inclusion goals;
- providing constructive accountability in order to advance the equity and inclusion goals at Cascadia; and,
- engaging in the continual work to eliminate institutional barriers based on biological sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, socioeconomic status, age, military and veteran status, disability, language, culture, and religious beliefs.
Inclusive Campus Pledge
On January 17th, 2017, President Eric Murray and UW Bothell Chancellor Wolf Yeigh signed a pledge to be an inclusive and hate-free campus.
- Show up for each other with shared intent – Engage with sincerity, humility, and curiosity; listen deeply and seek to lift each other up on the journey
- Use I statements – Speak only for yourself and not on the behalf of a collective
- Hold space for growth – Each person represents a different life experience and point of entry; questions are welcome and received with support and encouragement
- WAIT (Why Am I Talking) – If you are used to having your voice heard, listen instead of talking
- WANT (Why Am I Not Talking) – If you are not used to having your voice heard, give it a try
- Maintain cooperative space vs competitive space – Seek to be humble and to understand rather than trying to prove yourself
- Remember, we are on the same team, the team striving toward equity – Please work with us toward our shared vision; we are here to further your cause
- Expect and accept non-closure – This work will never be done fast enough or perfect enough; there will be loose ends that get tidied later
- Maintain confidentiality by not sharing, talking about, or otherwise relaying people’s information or stories with others
- Honor shared governance – Ideas and requests made during the Town Hall will go through the usual processes of shared governance, this is to ensure that the ideas and requests align with Cascadia values and meet the needs of the community
- July 26th was the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is the foundation for disability rights. Institutions can no longer ignore the issue of access and there are now federal protections in place for individuals for anyone facing discrimination because of their ability.
Support at Cascadia
Individuals and groups have particular needs. The following programs, places, and services are to support students at Cascadia:
- Basic Education for Adult
- Center for Culture, Community, and Inclusion
- Counseling Services (free for Cascadia students)
- Bias Incident Response Team. Contact a member of the CARE Team to initiate a response to and document bias incidents on campus.
- Cascadia CARE Team
- Disability Support Services
- International Programs
- Undocumented Student Resources
- NEWWashington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund - specific to Washington State immigrants to help support those who aren’t eligible for federal financial relief or unemployment insurance
- Veteran's Center
- Worker Retraining
- Trevor Lifeline 1.866.488.7386 - Provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and life-affirming services to LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.
- Trans Lifeline 1.877.565.8860
Living with Mental Illness
- Washington Warm Line 1.877.500.WARM (9276) - Peer support for people living with mental illness.
- Amala Muslim Youth Hopeline 1.855.95.AMALA (1.855.952.6252)
- Muslim Crisis Text Line Text "SALAM" to 741741
- Ayuda en la crisis Español 1.888.628.9454
Students of Color
- People of Color Crisis Text Line (Steve Fund) Text "STEVE" to 741741
- Ways to Help
- Black Lives Matter
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- 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 diversity, equity and inclusion door placard
- Pronoun Resources
- The Trans Empowerment Project
- PBS Map on Gender Diversity Across the Globe