Visioning Equity & Inclusion 

A quarterly newsletter from the Vice President

Equity and Excellence Lecture

Geoff CohenEquity & Excellence Presidential Lecture Series
On Thursday, October 25, Stanford University professor and researcher Geoffrey Cohen visits Olympic College to deliver an Equity and Excellence Lecture, “Creating Turning Points: Targeted, Tailored and Timely Interventions for Educational Equity,” at 7 p.m. in the William D. Harvey Theater. The lecture is free and the public is welcome. Earlier in the day, he will lead an Equity Institute for faculty, instruction and student services administrators.

Cohen is the James G. March Professor of Organizational Studies in Education and Business and Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, where he runs a research laboratory. His research interests include the effects of group identity on achievement, with a focus on underperformance and racial and gender achievement gaps. 

In contrast to theories that attribute such gaps to characteristics inherent in students, he has demonstrated the extent to which the learning environment, even when it is objectively the same for everyone, can be psychologically different for different groups, triggering processes that lead to systematic performance gaps. He and his colleagues have identified seemingly brief psychological interventions designed to alter students’ psychological environment, which can produce positive and sustained impacts on achievement gaps.

In addition to OC students, faculty, and staff, the lecture is particularly relevant to K-12 staff, youth-serving organizations, families and members of the community with an interest in education. Find out more…

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For the past year, the #MeToo movement has riveted attention on accounts of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a reminder of the devastation wrought by domestic or intimate partner violence and the need for continued vigilance to stop and prevent violence in all spheres of life.

The term “domestic violence” refers to violence between spouses or spousal abuse, but can also include cohabitants and non-married intimate partners. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. One in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner to the point they felt very fearful or believed they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

The Office of Equity & Inclusion coordinates a range of strategies for OC students, employees and volunteers to raise awareness about the characteristics and impact of sexual misconduct, educate them on their responsibilities to maintain a safe and respectful campus climate, and empower them to report sexual misconduct and access resources and support. I hope you will take a few moments to visit our website and learn more about Domestic Violence Awareness Month...

Campus Climate Discussion Series

Campus Climate Discussion Series

How can we use equity-minded reflection and practice to transform our community?

Supporting Reentry for Justice-Involved Students

OC Bremerton, Engineering Building, Room 117 (Rotunda)
Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-noon

Join leaders in the reentry movement for a discussion of the barriers facing formerly incarcerated and convicted individuals and the role of postsecondary education as a path to reentry and careers.

The event will take place in the Engineering Building Rotunda from 10 am to noon.  It is free and open to the public. To participate remotely via Zoom, or for more information, contact

Cheryl NunezVice President for Equity & Inclusion

Cheryl Nuñez is Olympic College's first Vice President for Equity and Inclusion. She was hired in 2015 and is implementing a strategic diversity plan for the College. She is also the Title IX Coordinator and oversees the Communications department.
To learn more, visit the Olympic College Equity and Inclusion webpage.
Olympic College Office of Equity and Inclusion
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