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.



Administrative Staff

Parfait Bassale, Director, Director, Barbara Clarkson, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center
Quinton Neal, Assistant Director, Assistant Director of the Barbara Clarkson, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center
Amita Chakravarty, Educational Planner of the Ignite & Black Scholars Programs

Peer Mentors

Amanda Sides
Risa Gayden
Vanessa Enendu
Samuel Fry

Event Interns & Office Assistants

Tarah Baker, QTOPIA Conference Intern
Brandon Bunn, Office Assistant, DEIC


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 6th – April 13th Applications open
  • April 14th – Applications close
  • April 20th-21st
  • Interviews January: Start of QTOPIA internship
  • May: Start of Beat internship
(6) Peer Mentor Positions & (1) Front Desk Assistant position
  • April 15th – May 15th Peer Mentor, Front Desk Assistant Applications open
  • May 15th Peer Mentor, Front Desk Assistant Applications Application Closes at Noon
  • May 18th- 20th Screening Committee (selecting finalists for Peer mentors/ Front Desk)
  • May 25th – 27th Peer mentor Interviews
  • May 28th – 29th Front Desk Assistant Interviews
  • August 31-September 11th: Fall 2020 Orientation. Students must make every attempt to be at training.
  • September 14th: 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.


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.