Welcome to ODEI!
The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (O.D.E.I.) creates inclusive spaces that promote intellectual discourse, diverse leadership, and social justice among students, staff, faculty, and our surrounding communities.
At ODEI, we aim to empower, enhance, educate, encourage, and engage our diverse populations to have ownership of their narratives and to succeed in their educational journeys. The Commencement Achievement Program (C.A.P.) prepares students to navigate the college system. C.A.P. works specifically to ensure the academic and social success of historically underserved and underrepresented students by providing innovative and high quality programs, services, and resources. Here is a list of the resources we provide in our office:
Peer Navigating & Mentorship
Peer Navigators are students who help other students navigate the college system by providing assistance in locating financial resources, registering for classes, coordinating events, applying for scholarships, hosting multi-cultural study tables, and by providing one-on-one direct service assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (F.A.F.S.A.) and the Washington Application for Federal Student Aid (W.A.F.S.A.)
Winter 2020 Peer Navigators
- African American Peer Navigator, Anastacia Kubi-Appiah: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with the Black, African, and African American lived experiences.
- Asian/Asian American Peer Navigator, Navjot Kaur: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with the Asian and Asian American lived experiences.
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (E.S.O.L.) and Transitional Studies Peer Navigator, Ivethe Sanchez: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with the ESOL, ELL, English proficiency communities, Basic Skills, and GED.
- Latin-X Peer Navigator, Fernando David Amador: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with the Latinx, Hispanic, Chican-X, and Latin Indigenous lived experiences.
- LGBTQ+ Peer Navigator, Koki Shimomura: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, all gender identities and expressions, and rainbow communities.
- Male of Color Retention Peer Navigator, Michael Batin: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with being a male of color, wanting to form a solidarity of brotherhood, fatherhood, and male bonding experience.
- Native American Peer Navigator, Tehya Jackson: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with the Muckleshoot Tribe, Coast Salish, First Peoples, Native American, Alaskan Native, Indigenous and Tribal communities.
- Pasifika Peer Navigator, Noah Titialii: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with being Polynesian, Micronesian, Melanesian, Filipin@, Aboriginal Indigenous from Australia and many other First People Oceanic Pacific Islander communities.
- Passport to Careers Peer Navigator, Jonas Mills: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with being a ward of the state, in the State/Federal/Tribal Foster care system, and those whom may be experiencing homelessness.
- Women’s Peer Navigator, Sumaya Addish: Help navigate, be a liaison, and provide services and resources for students whom identify with being a woman and/or womxn identified, wanting to form a solidarity of sisterhood, motherhood, and female identified students who wish to seek women empowerment and/or a woman/female bonding experience.
Diversity Programming & Events
O.D.E.I. hosts, sponsors, and partners to provide events and programming in the form of workshops, presentations, seminars, and trainings pertaining to the subjects of diversity, social justice, cultural awareness, equity, intersectionality, and inclusion. We also collaborate with the Green River Diversity, & Equity Council on the Diversity Educational Series, which happen mostly every Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at various locations.
Islamic Awareness Week, Fiesta Latina (Cinco de Mayo), Black Excellence Week, Pac Fest, C.A.P. Social, and C.A.P. Graduation are some of the events and activities we host, partner, and sponsor every year. our office also provides cultural competency trainings for: staff, faculty, students, and the greater auburn community. please visit our office to learn more about this resource.
Book Loan Program
Do you need help paying for books? Our students can loan up to three books each quarter at no cost. Book Loan hours are Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please visit our office during these hours for any book loan inquiries. How do you access this resource? Here are the steps:
1. Submit an online C.A.P. Intake form. Our team will review the application and will follow-up to set-up a welcome orientation.
2. Once you submit your application online, you will be asked to provide one of the following:
- If you receive financial aid, please submit a copy of your financial award letter. You can obtain a copy of this letter by visiting the Financial Aid Office 231 located on Student Affairs & Success Center.
- If you do not receive financial aid, please provide a 200-word statement addressing why you need assistance with texbooks.
You can submit one of these during your orientation at the Campus Life Office 240, Mel Lindbloom Student Union Building, or by e-mailing them before orientation at email@example.com. Walk-in orientations are welcome.
3. Once your application is completed and approved, you will be able to submit Book Loan Requests. Please note that the website will not recognize your credentials if your application has not been approved.
- Please keep in mind that you will need the following information when submitting requests: title of the book, author, edition, and ISBN number. You don't have this information? You can use the Paper Tree Bookstore website to locate this information.
- It is never too early to submit book requests. Making submissions far in advance (even before the quarter starts) will put you at the front of the line and will allow you to get books quicker!
4. After you submit book loan requests, our team will review your petition and we will follow-up through e-mail and phone calls.
For more information regarding this resource, please contact Fernando Yanez-Martinez, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Passport to Careers
The state of Washington created the Passport to Career Scholarship program through RCW 28B.117. The Passport to Career program is administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and helps current and former foster youth and unaccompanied homeless enroll, persist, and complete a postsecondary education. The institution's commitment is as follows:
- A Leadership Commitment: Create a lasting institutional commitment to serve current and former foster youth.
- Designated Campus Support Staff: Designate a knowledgeable "home base" staff person who can direct youth in the areas of financial aid, academic guidance, personal issues, and career counseling/advising.
- Financial Aid: Review each Passport student's individual budget to recognize their actual living expenses and tailor the financial aid package, to utilize all available resources to meet the student's full need and minimize reliance on loans.
State, Federal, Tribal, ICPC, Foster care youth and unaccompanied homeless are encouraged to seek help from our office to help with academic needs, resources, and funding. Eligible foster & unaccompanied homeless youth students can receive assistance with: textbook and laptop purchasing, school supplies, and academic assessment and evaluation. To learn more about this resource, please contact Coordinator Elizabeth Rangel at email@example.com
Meet Our Staff
- Marwa Almusawi ǀ Director ǀ firstname.lastname@example.org ǀ ext. 2636
- Benjamin Lealofi ǀ Coordinator ǀ email@example.com ǀ ext. 2659
- Elizabeth Rangel ǀ Coordinator ǀ firstname.lastname@example.org ǀ ext. 2802
- Fernando Yanez-Martinez ǀ Program Coordinator ǀ email@example.com ǀ ext. 2803
Student & Community Resources
Hours of Operation
|Monday - Friday|
|8 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Front Desk Line:
253-833-9111, ext. 2803
Bilingual Services Line:
253-833-9111, ext. 2801
Mel Lindbloom Student Union
Second Floor, Campus Life Office 240