Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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The philosophy of 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.

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"The best way to learn something
is by talking with someone who disagrees with us."

~ former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich

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 plan – 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.

Univision created two television ads in late 2017; click the below photos to view each ad.

 photo of a young woman with dark brown hair and red lipstick, caption Adriana Villegas, Trabajadora Social, Benton County                      Photo of a man with facial hair wearing camoflauge hat and jacket

 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.

photo of a high school cafeteria filled with Latino people sitting at tables

photo taken from behind a group of Latino students being led on a tour      photo of Latino students sitting at tables paying attention to a Latina giving a presentation

Leadership LBCC: Equity and Cultural Fluency Training Series

This is a 30-hour training delivered over four days during Fall and Winter terms. The workshops are delivered by trained campus facilitators utilizing three days of the Navigating Difference curriculum created by Washington State University Extensions as its base teaching module. Participants are trained on essential skills such as cultural awareness, cultural understanding, cultural knowledge, cultural interaction, and cultural sensitivity. The fourth day of the training focuses on understanding implicit bias, identifying microagressions, understanding ideological diversity, freedom of expression and contempt. To date, 108 LBCC employees have completed the series.

What participants say 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, Director of Human Resources

Location and Centers

The IEDI Department operates two unique areas on LBCC's main campus: our physical department space in Forum 220 and the Veterans Resource Center in Forum 109.

“The EDI” or the “Equity Hub” is located on the Forum's second floor in room 220. Our department is proud to offer students a welcoming, safe, inclusive and culturally respectful place for learning, meeting, study and social activity. All students and members of the campus community are welcome to attend events, engage in activities and learn about diversity, inclusion and unity.

Services and resources we provide:

  • Personalized assistance with the college experience and accessing LBCC and campus resources
  • Professional development opportunities centered on cultural fluency, cultural competence and development of confident interpersonal communication skills around diversity issues
  • Opportunities for part-time employment through the federal Work-Study program or in the form of tuition reimbursement (Talent Grants)
  • Referrals to community resources and other college departments
  • Three student computer work stations
  • GoPrint pay-to-print station
  • Device charging
  • Kitchen area with fridge and microwave
  • Super-comfy lounge area
  • Books and games

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What students have to say about the EDI:

I feel more at home here than any other place on campus. I like the decorations; it's very colorful and comfortable.
-- A.S.

It's like a home away from home. I come here between all of my classes.
-- O.E.

The EDI is a homie place. It’s a place where you can meet people and feel welcomed. It’s a chill place. It’s a peaceful place.
-- Y.H.

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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 after hours by appointment.

What's 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!

See the campus calendar for upcoming activities, programs and workshops for students, staff and community that celebrate LBCC’s rich diversity. (Make sure the box is checked next to "Inst. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.")

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Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

Located in Forum 109, the VRC was created by student vets for student vets, and serves as an anchoring space for student veterans and advocates to connect, engage and learn in a comfortable environment.

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Student veterans can enjoy these amenities:

  • Computer workstations and printer
  • Comfortable lounge area
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Lockers
  • TV

 photo of glass doors and brick wall, depicting entrance to LBCC's Veteran Resource Center     photo of tables, chairs, lockers, kitchen sink, in LBCC's Veterans Resource Center


Institutional Equity,
Diversity & Inclusion

LBCC Department of Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Javier Cervantes
Javier Cervantes
(541) 917-4299
Photo of Latino Outreach and Retention Specialist Tania Mendez
Tania Mendez
Latino Outreach &
Retention Specialist
(541) 917-4292
LBCC Department of Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Program Assistant Heather Morijah
Heather Morijah
Program Assistant
(541) 917-4297

Veterans Resource
Center Liaison
(541) 917-4306
IEDI student staff:
Yulissa Gonzalez
Yanci Hernandez
julie narvaez
azucena (nathali) coyazo
Katie Bieker


Linn-Benton Community College
Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
6500 Pacific Blvd. SW
Forum 220
Albany, OR 97321
Tel: (541) 917-4297