Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Community (EDIC)

EDIC Center Office Hours

Located at Broadway Edison Building - BE 1112

Mon - Thurs: 10:00 am - 4 pm

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The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Community promotes institutional responsiveness to the needs of students of color and students of diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • We provide leadership opportunities for the development and implementation of services, programs, projects, and curricula that promote diversity, equity, and social justice.
  • We collaborate with other college departments and divisions on access, retention, student-centered programs and events, present professional development activities on wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and disseminate information on diversity resources for students, faculty, and staff.  
  • We collaborate with and uplift connections with off-campus partners in the surrounding Seattle and Washington state community 
  • Equity - "Historically, equity refers to the process of creating equivalent outcomes for members of historically underrepresented and oppressed individuals and groups. Equity is about ending systematic discrimination against people based on their identity or background.” (Williams and Wade-Golden, 2008)
    • Seattle Colleges leads with racial equity because we acknowledge the history and impact that intergenerational and institutional barriers have had on students of color, who make up 44% of our student body (or nearly 60% of students who identify by race on their applications), while our faculty and staff do not yet reflect these same demographics.
  • Diversity - As an open-access institution, Seattle Colleges holds diversity as an ongoing discovery of the intersections of identities, and "diversity refers to all of the ways in which people differ, including primary characteristics, such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, mental and physical abilities, and sexual orientation, and secondary characteristics, such as education, income, religion, work experience, language skills, geographic location, and family status. Put simply, diversity refers to all of the characteristics that make individuals different from each other and in its most basic form refers to heterogeneity." (Williams and Wade-Golden, 2008)
  • Inclusion - This work matters because students and employees thrive where they feel they belong, especially in a climate of political divisiveness. "Inclusion exists when traditionally marginalized individuals and groups feel a sense of belonging and are empowered to participate in majority culture as full and valued members of the community, shaping and redefining that culture in different ways." (Williams and Wade-Golden, 2008) It is important to note that inclusion, by itself, is not enough. The pursuit of inclusion without discernment of the impact of providing commensurate access to majoritarian actions and practices can actually undermine the original purpose of empowering minoritized communities. 


  • Beloved Community - “Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth…. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood…. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail...” (Sullivan P. (2021) The Beloved Community. In: Democracy, Social Justice, and the American Community College. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

The goal of the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Community at Seattle Central is to create a Beloved Community by centering the people most impacted by systemic inequities. We do this by:

  • building and maintaining positive relationships with our campus and community partners for the support and success of the students we serve
  • intentionally listening to students and their needs by being responsive to their requests and feedback
  • continuously encouraging faculty, staff, and students to grow the collective effort to address bias, bigotry, and discrimination in all forms at Seattle Central College

Today we recognize and honor the original occupants and stewards of the land where we now gather virtually. Many of us are joining this meeting from lands that are the traditional home of the Coast Salish people, the traditional home of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

Today, we honor the survival, the adaptations, the forced assimilation, and the resilience and creativity of Native peoples – past, present, and future. We encourage participants to consider their responsibilities to the people and land, both here and elsewhere, and to stand in solidarity with Native, Indigenous, and First Nations People, and their sovereignty, cultural heritage, and lives.

We recognize that enslaved and indentured peoples were forced into unpaid and underpaid labor in the construction of this country, state and city.

To the people who contributed this immeasurable work and their descendants, we acknowledge our/their indelible mark on the space in which we gather today.

It is our collective responsibility to critically interrogate these histories, to repair harm, and to honor, protect, and sustain this land.

Have any questions? Contact our lovely staff!

General EDIC Contact


Phone: 206-934-4006

EDIC Director: 

Mikaila Harris (she/her),, BE 4180

EDIC Navigator:

Yiqiu Teddy Cai (they/them),, BE1112