A newsletter from the Vice President for Equity & Inclusion
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Visioning Equity and Inclusion
a monthly newsletter from the Vice President

March 2017

There has been a constant stream of headlines and protests across the nation since the Presidential Election in November. Following the election, the OC Board of Trustees and President Mitchell issues a letter reiterating our commitments to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning spaces and opportunities to ALL members of our College community.

These issues affect us all and together can we build capacity for the appreciation of the diverse experiences and backgrounds that comprise an academic community. Through these efforts, all members of our campuses will feel valued and empowered to contribute the best of themselves in all that they do.

Equity and Excellence Lecture SeriesDr. Barbara Ransby

In January, we launched our Presidential Equity & Excellence Lecture Series. The inaugural lecture was an overwhelming success with more than 800 students, faculty, staff and community members in attendance to hear acclaimed activist, author and scholar Dr. Angela Davis’ talk on Building Community: The Case for Educational Equity.

We held our second lecture in January, featuring Dr. Barbara Ransby (pictured right), a noted historian, university professor and writer. Dr. Ransby is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative. Her lecture, Democratizing Knowledge: Teaching and Learning for Critical Citizenship, was well intended as well.

We thank everyone who joined us for these incredible lectures. For those who were nto able to attend, the lectures are available online, via the Bremerton Kitsap Access Television Vimeo Channel, here:  

Pop-Up Marketing

We began the academic year by installing a 20-foot tall inflatable elephant in front of the Bremer Student Center. It was an opportunity to confront the “elephants in our collective living rooms.” More importantly, it was a chance to begin to discuss the unpleasant truths that are too obvious to miss, yet still go ignored. The installation generated numerous discussions with students, faculty, staff and community members who stopped by to see what we were up to.

Keep your eyes peeled for our next surprise pop-up marketing effort. You can be sure that the next one will be unexpected and interactive. #Equity4Excellence

Intergroup Dialogue

I have convened a team of faculty and staff across department at the College to lead a series of Intergroup Dialogues. What is Intergroup Dialogue? I’m glad you asked.

These dialogues are facilitated face-to-face conversations among members of multiple social identity groups. The goal is to work together to create a greater level of understanding and a shared vision that upholds and respects the dignity of all people.

Beginning this spring, we will reach out to our campus communities with invitations to engage in these dialogues. The Intergroup Dialogues present a timely opportunity to process the many emotions we are feeling in the wake of the historically close Presidential General Election that has forged a divide in this country. I hope you will join us.OC staff and facilitator conduct Intergroup Dialogue training.

Vice President for Equity and 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 Human Resources and Communications Departments.

To learn more, visit the Olympic College Equity and Inclusion webpage.
Olympic College Office of Equity and Inclusion
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