A. Barbara Clarkson Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center

Welcome to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center!

Visit us in person or virtually for questions about the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center!

In-Person: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Olympia Campus, Bldg 22, Suite 270
Virtual: Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center Zoom Room
Text: 360-227-0575 | Call: 360-596-5323 | Email: deic@spscc.edu

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

Who do we serve?

We serve any student who needs us. Students of all backgrounds and identities are welcome. We invite you to visit the DEIC, where you can connect and build community with students from across the campus, get support from our dedicated staff, or attend workshops and events. At the DEIC, we work to empower students to reach their academic, professional, and personal goals!

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Equity Programs

IGNITE is a support program for students whose identities have historically had systemic barriers in higher education. This program is geared toward students who are low-income, students of color, students with a disability, students that identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, and students whose parents did not go to college.IGNITE offers community and support services to get through college and graduate! Learn more & apply >

The Black Scholars Program focuses on Black and African American academic, cultural, and social experiences and provides students support to get through college and graduate! We do this by offering mentorship, community, and support services tailored to the unique Black and African American experience. This program is open to all. Learn more & apply >


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion workshops and discussions let you 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.

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 >

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

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.

For questions in getting started email: deic@spscc.edu

The Unheard Outsider

The Unheard Outsider was a space that invites uncomfortable conversations surrounding higher education and social justice!

Check out previous sessions on our YouTube Channel


Administrative Staff

Amanda Ybarra - Executive Diversity Officer

Grace Ramos-Cartagena - Executive Assistant, Office of Diversity & Equity

Amita Chakravarty - Educational & Career Planner of IGNITE & Black Scholars Program

Job Opportunities

If you are interested in working in the DEIC Center, have questions about current DEIC positions or general application concerns please visit Student Employment

studentemployment@spscc.edu | 360-596-5489



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.