Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center

A. Barbara Clarkson Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center

All students are welcome. When you visit the DEIC, you’ll engage with a diverse group, be part of an inclusive culture, and get support for your own educational goals and development.

The A. Barbara Clarkson Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center (DEIC) is committed to supporting the college mission to advance equity and embrace diversity.

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Equity Programs

IGNITE helps students who are low income, students of color, students with a disability, and students whose parents did not go to college, by offering a community and support services to get through college and graduate. Learn more & apply >

The Black Scholars Program helps Black and African American students get through college and graduate by offering mentorship, community, and support services tailored to unique needs around racial identity. Learn more & apply >

Podcast: The Unheard Outsider

Come on in here! The Unheard Outsider is a space that invites uncomfortable conversations surrounding higher education and social justice. With weekly episodes on Wednesday, tune in on PodBean and join the conversation.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion workshops and discussions let you can expand your perspective and share your experiences at the DEIC and StudentLIFE events.


Staff & Faculty can request a DEIC Workshop for their class or staff.


SPSCC students have access to several annual conferences to share and connect with students like themselves.

Black, Educated & Truth (BEAT) - An experience designed to create a brave space for black identifying students and students of color, to come together and share their struggles that come with living in a predominantly white area. Learn more >

FIRE Summit - A daylong experience designed to ignite Native youth, giving them a place to start dreaming while exploring their future academic possibilities. Learn more >

Q-Topia - A two day conference that aims to imagine, honor, and build queer cultures and communities. Learn more >

Students of Color Conference (SOCC) - Held in Yakima, WA, SOCC offers educational workshops designed to help students lead in a diverse community. Learn more >


Administrative Staff

Parfait Bassalé - Executive Diversity Officer

Quinton Neal - Assistant Director of the A. Barbara Clarkson, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center

Amita Chakravarty - Educational & Career Planner of IGNITE Program

Joe Aguilar - Education & Career Planner of Black Scholars Program

Peer Mentors, Interns & Office Assistants

Peer Mentors

Evan “EJ” Frazier - Student Worker
Anais Mendoza-Gastelum – Peer Mentor
Marisa Gayden – Peer Mentor
Desiree Tolver – Peer Mentor

Event Interns & Office Assistants

Tarah Baker - QTOPIA Conference Intern

Brandon Bunn - Office Assistant, DEIC

Job Opportunities

General qualifications

  • Currently enrolled student
  • Enrolled in minimum 6 credits each quarter (12 credits for International students)
  • Cumulative and quarterly GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Commit to a year-long position
  • Commit to Fall orientation & trainings
  • For the academic year 2020-2021 the dates are August 31st – September 11th

2020 Timeline

(2) Internship Positions:

Beat Intern Position & QTOPIA Intern Position

  • April 6 – April 13 Applications open
  • April 14 – Applications close
  • April 20-21
  • Interviews January: Start of QTOPIA internship
  • May: Start of Beat internship

(6) Peer Mentor Positions & (1) Front Desk Assistant position

  • April 15 – May 15 Peer Mentor, Front Desk Assistant Applications open
  • May 15 Peer Mentor, Front Desk Assistant Applications Application Closes at Noon
  • May 18- 20 Screening Committee (selecting finalists for Peer mentors/ Front Desk)
  • May 25 – 27 Peer mentor Interviews
  • May 28 – 29 Front Desk Assistant Interviews
  • August 31-September 11: Fall 2020 Orientation. Students must make every attempt to be at training.
  • September 14: Start of Peer Mentor job


Questions about the DEIC positions or the application process should be directed to Quinton Neal 360-596-5324, qneal1@spscc.edu


Demands on DEIC staff are many. After academics, these positions should take next priority; therefore, staff are asked to consider potential conflicts with additional employment and consult with DEIC staff regarding work/life/school balance.

Student Hourly wage

Peer mentors: $13.5 per hour and work up to 15 hours per week. Interns & Office Assistant: $14 per hour and work up to 19 hours per week depending on award letter.


Safe Zones

Safe Zones provide a safe space or refuge where campus community members can turn when their safety is immediately threatened, and/or they are experiencing bigotry of any kind. Learn more >

Name & Gender Marker Change

Update your name for your student ID card or in Canvas, your gender marker, or make an official name change with SPSCC. Learn more >

Bias Incident

You have the right to learn and work on a campus free of bias-motivated harassment. SPSCC has a strong commitment to creating an accepting and inclusive atmosphere for learning and working. Use this BIAS Incident Report form to report any bias incidents.


The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center will:

  • Be a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion.
  • Provide expertise and leadership on diversity and inclusion related matters; for example, engagement, retention, and learning.
  • Lead College-wide programming efforts, resulting in a collaborative and inclusive vision of diversity and inclusion.
  • Identify strategies to enhance and nurture the compositional diversity profile and inclusive experience of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provide resources and direction for infusing diversity into the curriculum.
  • Strategically design and implement the Center’s programs to increase student retention and completion.