Diversity & Equity

Office of Diversity & Equity

Committed to Diversity

South Puget Sound Community College is a learning community that embodies social justice, equity, and inclusion.

SPSCC seeks to empower students, faculty and staff to fully participate in a society of increasingly diverse identities and experiences. SPSCC actively works to eliminate all forms of discrimination and provide an education that reflects the diversity of our community and a deeper understanding of the dynamics of power and privilege that perpetuate inequity and inequality.

The College’s Institutional Research team has collected information about diverse student groups since 2013-14. Annual reports about each student are available on the SPSCC Reports page.

Strategic Plan - Equity

SPSCC’s Strategic Plan includes three themes that emphasize the importance of academic success, student engagement, and the need to reflect the diversity of our community and eliminate equity gaps that create barriers to success.

Related to equity, SPSCC is doing dedicated work toward, and measuring achievements gaps for, student fall-to-fall retention, degree completion within three years, and enrollments and graduation rates for Historically Underrepresented students. Comparisons are being made between full- and part-time students, Historically Underrepresented and Caucasian/Asian students, and low-income (Pell Grant eligible) students and those not eligible. The College is also mindfully working to increase the ethnic diversity of faculty and staff and are measuring progress in this area.

Staff

Parfait Bassalé, Executive Diversity Officer

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center Staff

Anna Sutherland, Student Senator of Diversity & Equity Affairs

Sam Dotson, Title IX Coordinator, Executive Human Resource Officer