Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Deborah Casey-Powell, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Interim Vice President of Instruction
Over the past five years, Green River College has worked hard to promote opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage deeply and genuinely with each other through diverse initiatives and dialogues. Green River affirms diversity as fundamental to our educational goals and have undertaken significant efforts to transform the campus into a more vibrant and inclusive community.
We have done this in various ways from raising campus awareness of our communities of color, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, socio-economic status, and national origin; fostering the growth of students of color as young leaders through programming, advising, and facilitation of student-faculty interactions; providing institutional support for students of color both within and outside the structures of established cultural organizations; creating room for different expressions of ethnic identity, not only cultural but also political and intellectual; providing educational programming and resources for the campus on the changing landscape of race relations and multiculturalism at Green River and beyond; offering programming on issues of social justice designed to prepare students to be effective participants in their future communities, and creating a multicultural space where all members of the campus community can interact on multiple levels. We have also sought to recognize our diverse student body and provide students with a depth of understanding of themselves and the world that equips them to become better leaders and citizens.
Helping to transform the campus into a more vibrant and inclusive community is the primary goal of Student Services and Retention’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion office. This is a formidable task since the campus is made up of multiple communities with great degrees of heterogeneity within communities. It commands a multifaceted approach campus-wide to truly reflect our surrounding community. In partnership with Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, the President’s Commission on Diversity, Multicultural Equity Council, and the Instructional Diversity Council this multifaceted approach continues to develop in order to embrace the diversity of the student body and accommodate all the communities with whom we work.