During Spring 2014, our campus engaged in a series of focus groups and individual interviews facilitated by Drs. Christine Clark and Mark Brimhall-Vargas to gain an understanding of diversity at LWTech. Based on those conversations, the consultants prepared a report outlining their findings.
Dear Colleagues and Members of the Lake Washington Tech Community,
I am so pleased to share with you our College’s 2014-2017 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan. This work represents nearly two years’ worth of planning, cross-campus discussions, surveys, extensive and inclusive dialogues, and professional development. The culminating plan reflects months of feedback from the college community regarding our current climate, recognition of widely-accepted shifts in industry and higher education practices, and aspirations for making our college even more inclusive and equitable. This plan also represents the commitment that Lake Washington Tech has to ensure that every student succeeds and that all faculty and staff members are included as integral parts of the college community.
This plan also allows us to clearly align ongoing diversity work that began publicly in February 2014 with the College’s 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, accreditation work, and completion initiative. Not only is the infrastructure outlined in this plan aligned with the goals and strategies in the strategic plan, completion initiative, and accreditation benchmarks, the implementation of this diversity plan is a critical component to realizing our current planning efforts.
Moreover, our institution’s commitment to diversity and equity by students, faculty, and staff alike will continue to build upon our passion for student success and creating a large, inclusive atmosphere. This commitment will allow us to better prepare our students for a globalized workplace within our rapidly diversifying Eastside community and state.
Now more than ever, our students need faculty and staff to help them prepare to succeed in the diverse and global workplace by ensuring that our college’s global outcomes are integrated throughout our instructional and students services divisions. Preparing our students to be culturally competent as they complete their certificates and degrees is a powerful combination for sustained student and institutional success. Conversely, without a thoughtful, intentional, and vocal commitment to diversity and equity, we will fall short of realizing our vision as a workforce education provider of choice.
For all of these interconnected reasons, I am energized by this thoughtful and strategic Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion plan that builds on our past successes, strengthens our mission, challenges us to live our institutional values, and doubles down on our commitment to ensuring the success of every student. I look forward to walking this path forward with you.
Dr. Amy Morrison Goings
President, Lake Washington Institute of Technology