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Each year Lake Washington Institute of Technology supports students to attend the Students of Color Conference (SOCC)—an event coordinated through the Multicultural Student Services Directors' Council (MSSDC). The conference takes place each spring in Yakima, WA and is attended by students
from across the state of Washington. The goal of the conference is to support Washington
State students to become more active proponents of their own education and life choices,
and expand the opportunities and possibilities for students to become agents
The Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference (FSOCC) explores ways of engaging institutional resources to promote success. This annual event takes place each fall and alternates locations between Bellingham, Spokane, and Vancouver. The FSOCC mission is:
This conference offers a wealth of resources, contacts, and support for faculty, administrators, professional and classified staff, and other employees. Participants will have opportunities to discuss issues and share strategies that promote career opportunities and advancement. The issues we address in this conference are central to the future of higher education in Washington and our campus communities. We invite you to use the conference as a resource for learning about meaningful ways to define the vital ties between diversity and higher education in Washington.
The 20th anniversary of the conference took place on November 4th-6th 2015 in Bellingham, WA.
Despite our best intentions, we all carry the biases we have been socialized to believe
about different racialized groups, genders, people with disabilities, the elderly,
and many others. Because bias is so pervasive and often unconscious, it can influence
our behaviors and the behaviors of those we interact with, without knowing it’s happening.
During our time together we will look at Claude Steele’s research on Stereotype Threat
and Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald’s work on Implicit Bias to deepen our understanding
of the impact and ways to counter it.
This is event was free and open to the public
Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown,” is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.