Black Solidarity Think Tank

Our Vision

The Black Solidarity Think Tank (BSTT) nurtures and centers Black lives at Seattle Central College toward an everyday praxis of liberation for Black students, staff and faculty.

Our Values

Why and how are we engaged in this transformative work?  What is at the core of the BSTT’s individual and collective identity?  We are, do, seek, practice, live these values:words in a circle

black centered, celebratory, unapologetic, solidarity, unveiling, truth telling, re-centering, liberatory, solidarity, village, connected, justice, joyously impatient, belonging, truth telling, truth tellers, wisdom, liberation, healing, soul giving, affirming, relationships precede learning, intersectional layered, listening, welcoming, serve, co-create, black joy, black success, truth, safety, courage, resilience, joyous impatience, disrupting, dismantling, thriving, holding, individual, collective, restorative, discourse, accountability, cultural awareness, self, community, attitude, prospective, check, values aware, restoration, students, unveiling, failing-forward, humanizing, improving, changes to policy, changes in practice, changes in mindset, more justice, happier students/employees, black excellence, black success, black value, black centered, black love, black care, black belonging, black reality, black community, black liberation

Our Mission

To fulfill the vision and values of BSTT, we name structures, practices, and policies that harm Black-identified students, staff and faculty.

We are committed to developing internal and external community partnerships, learning institutes, and policy recommendations that reflect and advance the BSTT framework of care and equity mindedness.

Our Members

  • Dr. Kimberly McRae (co-lead), Counseling Faculty, Interim Dean of Student Success
  • Helena Ribeiro (co-lead), English Faculty
  • Mikaila Harris, Assistant Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Community
  • Dr. Valerie Hunt, Healthcare and Human Services Faculty; African Diaspora Cultural Custodian
  • Kate Krieg, Executive Director of Guided Pathways
  • Ricardo Leyva-Puebla, Dean of Student Development
  • Kao LéZheo, Interim Vice President of Student Services
  • Dr. Pat Russell, Executive Dean for Healthcare and Human Services
  • Desiree Simons, English Faculty
  • Sharon Spence-Wilcox, Library Faculty

Our Framework of Racial Equity and Care

The Black Solidarity Think Tank (BSTT) came together to ground our college’s Guided Pathways movement in theories, knowledge, and practices of racial equity and care.

Our research and dialogue led us to four key principles: Critical Race Theory, Institutional Care, Equity Mindedness, and Instructional & Student Services Care. Our hug image represents the circle of equity and care that is the foundation for our beloved college community.

circles holding four foundations of equity and care

Black Solidarity Think Tank Pillars

Within each of these principles are various theories and praxes that the BSTT will introduce in the Equity in Practice training course and future employee development opportunities.

SCC’s Framework to Center Racial Equity in Dialogue and Decision-Making (referred to hereafter as “the Framework”) was adapted from Portland Community College.

It is a foundational approach to dialogue and decision-making, especially as it applies to (re)designing college practices and policies.

Here is a preview of the Framework

Coming Soon

  • Annotated Resource List
  • Listen In! A Black Solidarity Think Tank Conversation

This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International Public License. Read more about the license here. The work of the BSTT may not be mixed, adapted, or built upon for any purposes, including commercially. Work may be shared as long as it is attributed and credited to Seattle Central College's Black Solidarity Think Tank.