Student Affairs

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Marwa Almusawi and Benjamin LealofiThe Office of Diversity, Equity & inclusion is an: inclusive, safe, welcoming and accessible space students can receive Commencement Achievement Program (CAP) services to help navigate their college journey. CAP helps bridge the education gap for historically underserved and underrepresented students. Our staff are capable of approaching diverse: students, staff/faculty and community members with respect to get the core of what they need. ODEI staff utilize referral services to help guide and direct constituents and provide CAP services to ensure: access, retention, academic and social success of our students.

For the team at ODEI, student success means serving all student in culturally relevant ways in order to empower them to succeed in their educational journeys. We aim to enhance, educate, encourage and engage our diverse populations to have ownership of their narratives and define their legacies. 


Commencement Achievement Program (CAP)

Commencement Achievement Program (CAP) Services: The Commencement Achievement Program (CAP) prepares students to navigate the college system. CAP works specifically to ensure the academic and social success of historically underserved and underrepresented students.

Peer Navigating & Advising: Students receive mentorship assistance with transitioning to college. Students who use this service: seek help with registering for classes, interested in receiving feedback on professors/courses, getting involved on campus, and/or want supplemental information on personal and professional development opportunities.

Funding Options for School: Students receive one-on-one direct service assistance with: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Washington Application for Federal Student Aid (WAFSA), financial aid, scholarships, internships and employment opportunities.

Book Loan Program: Eligible students can utilize this service to check out books for free, any quarter. In addition, there is funding to purchase: books, access codes and calculators for students. For complete details, students are advised to see ODEI's Coordinator.

Academic Support: Multicultural Study tables are provided twice a week, for an hour long at various locations on campus. Peer Navigators host these study tables to help promote student: access, retention and success. This is a great way for students to build community and get the extra help they need with homework.

Bilingual Services: Many ODEI staff are bilingual. Our office provides over ten different languages every year to provide verbal and written translation services. ODEI's bilingual service line (ext. 2801) is a great resource for students, staff/faculty and GRC community to access and receive support from an available ODEI representative.  Languages vary depending on demand and annual hiring cohort.

Multicultural Student Congress: Student leaders from diversity clubs and organizations meet to address student needs, issues and concerns on campus. Student leaders will work to partner and gain support from the student body government and WA State government officials.

Diversity Clubs & Organizations Advising: Active members in minority and/or marginalized clubs and organizations can retrieve advising with: projects, club/org goals and how to measure their success (i.e. gender neutral projects, reflection and meditation space, etc.).

Passport to College: Eligible foster students receive assistance with: textbook and laptop purchasing, school supplies, and academic assessment and evaluation.

Diversity Training: Our office provides cultural competency trainings for: staff, students/faculty and greater Auburn community.

Diversity Events & Activities: This year, ODEI has teamed up with the Green River Diversity & Equity Council to host weekly diversity educational series for the entire year. Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in various locations, there will be a rotation of the following, free for all students, staff/faculty and GRC community: student forum, GDEC meeting, film and discussion and workshop. CAP Social, PI Heritage Days, Islamic Awareness Week, Cinco de Mayo, Students of Color Conference and CAP Graduation are some of the few events/activities ODEI hosts, partners and sponsors every year.

Whulshootseed Lounge: Named after the language of the Muckleshoot tribe, the Whulshootseed Lounge is a safe and welcoming environment for all of our students to build community and solidarity. It's a space that honors, respects and recognizes the First Peoples of this land. Students are welcome to use the Whulshootseed Lounge to study, network and socialize.

Reflection/Meditation Room

Starting Winter 2017 Quarter!

SU 152 Twin Peaks 2 Room is available for quiet reflection or meditation.

Room Rules (English)

Room Rules (Arabic)

Room Rules (Dari)

Room Rules (Somali)

Meet the Staff

Our fulltime staff:

  • Marwa Almusawi, Interim Director (4 years)
  • Benjamin Lealofi, Coordinator (2 years)
  • To be filled, Coordinator
  • To be filled, Program Coordinator  

Our part-time staff:

  • Armando Valenzuela, Peer Navigator
  • Axumawit Gebregorgis, Peer Navigator
  • Heaven Quirin, Peer Navigator
  • Kinza Mohammad, Peer Navigator
  • Kyla Hooper, Peer Navigator
  • Leilani Salu, Peer Navigator
  • Oumar Bah, Peer Navigator
  • Samah Albadri, Peer Navigator
  • Abdirahman Abdi, Office Assistant
  • Mata Vann, Office Assistant
  • Mujeeb Rahman, Office Assistant
  • Zainab Aldulaimi, Office Assistant
  • Abdul Ahmad, Commissioner
  • Abdulhussein Gulamhussein, Commissioner
  • Aziza Ahmed, Commissioner
  • Khalid Abdulmajeed, Commissioner
  • Michael Taing, Commissioner
  • Raymart Ruguian, Commissioner
  • Victoria Pacho, Commissioner  

Contact Us

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Front Desk Line:
(253) 833-9111 ext. 2803

Bilingual Services Line:
(253) 833-9111 ext. 2801

Marwa Almusawi
Interim Director
Phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 2636

Benjamin Lealofi
Phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 2659

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Upcoming Events

  • January 18:  Student Forum: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" (Discussion with local law enforcement, facilitated by the Black Student Union)
  • January 25:  Film - Wadjda (Discussion facilitated by Zaki Hamid, Middle Eastern Film Instructor at Edmonds Community College)
  • February 1:  GDEC Meeting
  • February 8:  Workshop: In Her Shoes-Living with Domestic Violence (Facilitated by the Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN)
  • February 22:  Film - The Muslims Are Coming! (Discussion facilitated by Zaki Hamid Middle Eastern Film Instructor at Edmonds Community College)
  • March 1:  Workshop - I AM Empowerment (Facilitated by Jair Juarez and Rocio Carrion)
  • March 8:  GDEC Meeting