Programs & Events

Affinity Lunches

Affinity lunches are inclusive and social spaces for students to engage in informal dialogue about the experiences of diverse student communities. These lunches are an opportunity for sharing stories and building connections. Affinity Lunches are hosted in the RISE Center and light refreshments are provided for participating LWTech students. The following Affinity Lunches are hosted on a quarterly basis:

  • Students of Color Lunch Hour
  • LGBTQ+ Student Lunch Hour

Food for Thought

Food for Thought provides an opportunity for students to come together and discuss challenging topics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The goal is to raise awareness about social issues, while encouraging participants to practice thoughtful and respectful dialogue in a supportive environment. Lunch is provided!

2018 Winter Quarter

Students of Color Conference (SOCC)

The Students of Color Conference is an annual event hosted by the Multicultural Student Services Directors’ Council (MSSDC), a state-wide consortium of community and technical college multicultural directors. Each year, more than 800 students from colleges across Washington State come together at SOCC to develop leadership skills and strategies for self-empowerment.

To be considered for participation, interested students must complete an application. If selected, students will receive a full scholarship to cover the costs of attending the conference including: registration fees, transportation to and from the conference, meals during the conference, and lodging.

Applications for the 2018 Students of Color Conference are currently available. Interested students are encouraged to apply online or pick up an application at the RISE Center. Contact Eric Izaguirre,, for more information.

Community Service Days

On a quarterly basis, students have the opportunity to participate in a community service project through the RISE Center. Engaging in community service is an opportunity to contribute to the surrounding community, while gaining knowledge of social issues and recognizing one’s responsibility to create effective change. Community service days for the 2017-2018 school year are:

  • March 2, 2018 – Project: Read Across America Day Service Project
  • April 18, 2018 – Project: TBD

Interested students are encouraged to contact Eric Izaguirre,, for more information.  

Register to Volunteer for the Read Across America Day Service Project

Diversity Luncheon

This event celebrates the graduation of LWTech students from a variety of historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds (first-generation college students, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and/or students from minoritized racial/ethnic groups). Traditionally, students from these communities face unique barriers to their academic success and subsequently have gaps in their educational attainment compared to other students. The Diversity Luncheon is an opportunity for these diverse, graduating students to come together and celebrate their accomplishments.

2018 Diversity Luncheon will be held on May 23rd. Location and time TBD.