The President’s Cabinet, students, faculty, staff and key community stakeholders came together to develop the framework for the historic Equity & Welcome Center at North Seattle College. The framework supports and advocates for the success of diverse and historically underserved communities on the NSC campus. This includes communities from all cultures, ages, religious beliefs, races/ethnicities, sizes, gender identities, abilities, qualities, sexual affiliations, socioeconomic classes, veteran status, political beliefs, and citizenship status and sovereign nations. The Center aims to identify and implement equitable strategies to end all racial and other equity gaps at NSC.
The Equity & Welcome Center offers the following support services:
- The Gender Equity & Multicultural Resources
- The Multicultural & Gender Equity Student Lounge Space
- The Peacemaking Space
- The United Way Benefit Hub
Message from the chief diversity and equity officer
On behalf of the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at North Seattle College, I am humbled to welcome all students, faculty and staff to our Equity and Welcome Center. We are delighted for you to join our North family.
Building on the foundational work of the Seattle Colleges’ goal equity, diversity, inclusion, and community: At Seattle Colleges, we firmly establish equity, diversity, and inclusion as a strategic goal and as human rights for all. We frame our decisions and actions with a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion and are accountable to the community. Likewise, North Seattle College values promoting continuous learning and growth, we practice: Caring, Collaboration, Diversity, Innovation, Integrity, and Quality. These values are essential to the development of the framework supports and advocates for the success of diverse and historically underserved communities on the North Seattle College campus.
The framework’s objective is to identify and implement equitable strategies to end all racial and other equity gaps. With this framework, the North community opened the Equity and Welcome Center. The Center provides helpful resources for our students, faculty, staff and community that will inform our ongoing quest for racial equity and create a sense of belonging for all. Our work in the Center matters because race and inequities continue to matter in our country. Dismantling institutional practices, polices, and infrastructure that are the root cause of equity gaps is the mission of the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at North Seattle College.
I invite you to stop by the Equity and Welcome Center RM CC1151
9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA, 98103 or visit us online at https://northseattle.edu/equity-welcome-center
Additionally, I would like to acknowledge President Warren Brown, the President’s Cabinet and Seattle Colleges Associate Vice President’s for EDI whose mission-driven leadership provides a homeplace for the Center to thrive. Finally, many thanks to the OEDI family, student ambassadors, DICE and key-stakeholders for their hard work and deep dedication to the work. May you all be inspired to get involved while showing grace, moving in love and creating peace during this ongoing work.
All the best,
D’Andre Fisher, M.Ed
Associate Vice President
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity and Equity Officer
North Seattle College