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.
Strategic direction, consultation, and assistance as a key leader and voice on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion for Cascadia
Moves E&I Plan work forward and discuss supports and solutions as issues and concerns arise
Students and staff dedicated to advancing Cascadia’s E&I goals through student advocacy, campus-wide programming, and ongoing discussions
A welcoming, equitable, and inclusive physical space and environment that promotes strong social connections and encourages students to be social change agents
Indigenous People’s Day
October 13th | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Zoom
The Center for Culture, Inclusion, and Community will be hosting an online Indigenous People’s Day event open to the entire campus. Patricia Allen, an Indigenous activist/community organizer from Seattle, will be the guest speaker. Her talk will be centered around COVID-19 and Native communities, Urban Native identities and homelessness, decolonizing autonomy and community organizing, and potlatch knowledge in modern economics and politics.
Indigenous People’s Day Forum
October 14th | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Zoom
This forum will provide space for students to discuss and share what they learned from Indigenous People’s Day event and possible next steps forward.
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.
- 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
- 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 Espa?ol 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
- Undocumented Student Resources
- 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 diversity, equity and inclusion door placard