"The best way to learn something
is by talking with someone who disagrees with us."
~ past Secretary of Labor Robert Reich
The primary objective of Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion is to prepare LBCC’s students, staff, faculty and managers—as well as the communities in which we live—for an increasingly diverse society and workforce. Central to EDI are the skills, abilities, development, and recognition that—to succeed in today’s world—individuals need to become more fluent across cultures. Also critical is the ability to competently weave in and out of cultures—be they home, academic, cultural or professional. Our department leads and facilitates a broad scope of the work occurring at LBCC and in the broader community, as well as recommending how and where the work gets done.
The effort to bring diversity, cultural fluency and richness—in addition to inclusion, equity and engagement—to the fore at LBCC is vital, given how globally diverse the region is becoming. Demographic shifts and technology have shrunk the world and are increasing the demand for culturally fluent individuals in the workforce, on campus and in the classroom. This work—encapsulated by equity and student engagement—means that everyone has a stake in fostering a learning/work environment where everyone is challenged to become more globally prepared.
As the name implies, EDI’s primary areas of focus are:
- Equity: Completion for all students is an institutional strategic goal.
- Diversity: Everyone brings uniqueness with them to LBCC.
- Inclusion: One of LBCC’s five values.
- Students: As the home of IEDI, our physical space in Forum 220 and the Veterans Resource Center in Forum 109 are anchors for students to connect, participate and learn.
- Staff: The department supports LBCC’s staff by providing professional development opportunities for better outcomes.
- Faculty: In an effort to support LBCC's faculty, we offer co-curricular learning to complement classroom excellence.
- Management: Together, structural issues are addressed to improve cultural richness and equity outcomes.
- Community: Our department engages the community to bring cohesion and unity around issues of inclusion.
The Department of Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion is proud to offer students a welcoming, safe, inclusive and culturally respectful place for learning, meeting, study and social activity. Located on the second floor of the Forum, room 220, IEDI welcomes all students and members of the campus community to attend events, engage in activities and learn about diversity, inclusion and unity.
Our focus is to enhance the LBCC experience and embrace difference while empowering
people to challenge themselves to learn and appreciate uniqueness. In this way we
can all contribute to a more diverse, socially just and inclusive world. We recognize
that each community member contributes to diversity in the fullest context.
Our services are available to help you enhance your educational and developmental goals by learning about varying perspectives and using critical thought, as well as gaining knowledge of the college’s support services and community resources.
In our space you'll find a mosaic of cultures, genders, generations, races and life experiences, with varying abilities and identities. We recognize that diversity is fluid and how it is manifested in a rapidly changing world.
Why we're here:
- Provide a safe space and programs where cross-cultural learning occurs around issues of diversity, inclusion, unity and social justice.
- Offer opportunities for skill development, coaching, mentorship and empowerment that enhance capacity for self-advocacy in a diverse world.
- Supply accurate information, support and education regarding academic and career choices.
- Make available professional development opportunities for students and staff through constructive and critical dialogue to enhance cultural fluency and competence.
Services/resources we provide:
- Personalized assistance with the college experience and accessing LBCC and its available resources
- Professional development for students and staff centered on cultural fluency, cultural competence and development of confident interpersonal communication skills around diversity issues
- Referrals to community resources and other college departments
- Three student computer work stations
- GoPrint pay-to-print station
- Plug-ins for recharging your portable devices
- A comfortable lounge area
- Books and games
- Transfer information from four-year universities in Oregon and Idaho available for browsing
We host and sponsor many activities, programs and workshops for students, staff and community that celebrate LBCC’s rich diversity. Our department offers student employment through the Federal Work-Study program and in the form of tuition reimbursement. Information and applications are available in Forum 220.
Department staff and student leaders invite you to consider our welcoming and comfortable area for meeting space. Whether it's a one-time activity or workshop, or your regular club meeting, the
space is available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment after hours.
What we have available for meetings/work space:
- six 3' work tables and chairs
- conference table with seating for up to ten
- white board and flip chart easel
- media cart and projection screen for PowerPoint or showing movies
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.
IEDI student staff:
Linn-Benton Community College
Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Forum 220
Albany, OR 97321
Tel: (541) 917-4297