Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

"The best way to learn something is by talking with someone who disagrees with us."
—Robert Reich, Former Secretary of Labor

The philosophy of the Office Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (IEDI) is to build on the assets individuals already possess. The framework employed within the department is "servant leadership:" being of service to others. IEDI engages students, staff, faculty and managers—as well as constituent communities—in a manner that prepares people to be successful in an increasingly diverse society and workforce. Essential to the work of IEDI is further developing the skills, abilities, and recognition capacity necessary to succeed in today’s world: focusing on cross-cultural fluency, or the ability to competently weave in and out of cultures. The department leads and facilitates a broad scope of the work occurring at LBCC and in a broader community context, always with equitable outcomes as the primary goal.

Demographic shifts and technology have shrunken the world, resulting in an increased demand for culturally fluent individuals in the workforce and on campus. IEDI's work—encapsulated by equity, diversity and inclusion—means that everyone has a stake in fostering a learning/work environment in which everyone is challenged to become better protagonists.

Defining Terms

Diversity is a demographic. Diversity is a recognition and measure of difference across one or more of the dimensions within protected classes, among other characteristics. Diversity is an essential prerequisite to Inclusion.

Inclusion is a strategy toward and measure of meaningful and purposeful participation. It is not enough just to have a diverse mix: real participation is necessary to achieve justice and experience the potential that diversity affords us. Inclusion is an essential prerequisite to Equity.

Equity is an outcome. It’s not a value, a strategy, a program or an initiative. It means that the same achievements of life are equally attainable – and actually attained – by all people regardless of race, religion, culture, gender, economics, etc.

"Diversity is a fact; inclusion is an act." It is with this in mind that we at IEDI, and LBCC in general, have adopted a  strategy that focuses on inclusion as the critical work toward achieving our equity outcomes.

Key IEDI Initiatives/Programmatic Focus Areas

College of Choice for Latina/o/x Students

LBCC recognizes that Latino students represent the fastest-growing demographic in the college’s service district. As a result, LBCC actively strives to make the college their first choice institution upon graduation. This effort is an attempt to increase the enrollment, presence and completion rates of Latino students at LBCC. By increasing the number of Latinos at LBCC, the college’s culture and climate has begun to shift, thus exposing majority students to a more realistic view of the diverse global workforce and therefore preparing them for a future that changes almost daily. This initiative has strategically built relationships and created outreach programming and retention efforts designed to increase student presence and boost their success.

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The College of Choice effort has also been a key partner in making the college's workforce more reflective of the district it serves. This is achieved in partnership with Human Resources as we expand access to diverse applicants in order to be as inclusive as possible when seeking professionals to work at the college.

Leadership LBCC: Equity and Cultural Fluency Training Series

This was a 30-hour training delivered over four days during Fall and Winter terms. The workshops were delivered by trained campus facilitators utilizing three days of the Navigating Difference curriculum created by Washington State University Extensions as its base teaching module. More than one hundred LBCC employees were trained on essential skills like cultural awareness, cultural understanding, cultural knowledge, cultural interaction and cultural sensitivity. The fourth day of the training focused on understanding implicit bias, identifying microagressions, understanding ideological diversity, freedom of expression and contempt.

What participants have said about this training:

“The Leadership LBCC experience provided an opportunity for me to reflect and grow through some engaging discussions with my colleagues. These conversations are important as we work to serve a diverse population of students and have meaningful relationships with one another.”
--Jennifer Clayton, Diagnostic Imaging

“I wanted to express how meaningful this series was…It was life-changing for me as a person and as an employee who works with our diverse population of students. Since my position is grant-funded to support international students, it was particularly useful.”
--Ariana Chandler, Instructional Specialist-ELL

“In Human Resources, knowledge of people, cultural competency, difference...all these are key to facilitating good outcomes for our staff. Leadership LBCC helped me understand myself better, as well as how to navigate difference between others in productive ways, so that we can all move forward in service of our mission and strategic goals. It's a curriculum I would recommend to anyone interested in personal/professional growth.”
--Scott Rolen, former Director of Human Resources




The Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion lives at  LBCC's main campus in Forum 220.

"The EDI"--our student use space--is also located in Forum 220.  All students and members of the campus community are welcome to attend events, engage in activities and learn about diversity, inclusion and unity. 

Resources available for work space

  • Six 3' work tables and chairs
  • White board and flip chart easel
  • Media podium, document camera, webcam, projector and screen for in-person and/or virtual presentations

Stop by and see us, and ask for a tour of the space.  We look forward to hosting your next meeting or event!

LOCATION:  Forum 220 (2nd floor) facing the courtyard, directly above the Student Union and next door to The Commuter student newspaper office.



What student leaders have to say about participating in the EDI Co-Curricular Program:

“This place was the one place I felt comfortable walking in and talking to people, and that shouldn’t change.”

“I feel prepared to interact with people who are different from me in the sense that I accept that everyone is different and that not everyone will necessarily ‘like me.’ But that doesn’t mean we can’t work together or respect each other. I have learned everyone is different in their own way, which is what makes them who they are.”

“While working at the EDI, there were many skills I gained such as adaptability: there were many times in events or when the pandemic began; we had to learn how to adapt quickly when things didn't go as planned. I gained more confidence when speaking in public about controversial topics and events that are happening due to inequality. I learned many new skills when creating a presentation and presenting a program. I gained a lot more leadership skills, teamwork. I learned many skills that will soon help me in my professional life.”
--Y. H.


More Resources

LBCC Policy

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Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion staff

Jason J. Dorsette

Executive Director

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Angel Dorantes

Latino Outreach & Retention Manager

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Gabriela Esquivel

Program Coordinator 

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