🛠️🌐🛠️ Website Maintenance Notice: Please note, the LWTech website will experience intermittent outages Sunday, September 19th, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. We appreciate your patience.
🍁🍁🍁 LWTech will be closed to the public on Monday, September 20th for an All-Staff Training day as we prepare for the start of the Fall quarter! 🍁🍁🍁
As a leader at LWTech it is vital that I acknowledge our organizational hierarchies, policies and procedures, and “norms” of daily interaction are rooted in a white supremacist society and therefore need to be examined and changed to support the dignity, autonomy, and safety of BIPOC individuals. As a white, cis-, queer woman with learning disabilities who grew up in poverty, exploring the intersections of my own identity is crucial to leading with empathy and vulnerability. In my professional work as well as my personal life I commit to:
The Enrollment Services and Assessment Team is frequently the first point of contact for questions, directions, and assistance for students, faculty, staff, and community members. We have all grown up under a different set of circumstances, and how we move through the world is impacted by our life experiences and our privileges. My everyday work is dedicated to the dismantling of processes and procedures that could be viewed as barriers to our goals of an educational institution of higher learning where respect, equity, diversity, inclusion, and connectedness are practiced, expected, experienced, observed, and valued every day.
I believe that education and employment is a pathway to racial, social, and economic justice. I believe that systemic racism and implicit bias prevents equitable access to education and employment. I believe that we have the power and obligation to change these inequities. I believe that as a white woman of privilege, I have much to learn from the lived experiences of others and I can use that knowledge, combined with my position, to impact change. I am committed to:
I commit to the work of equity and dismantling systemic racism at LWTech by treating each person I encounter with respect, dignity, and compassion. I will strive to be approachable and take the time to listen to another person’s story should they share it with me. Each decision I make will be made thoroughly, carefully, fairly, and without bias. If I were to recognize implicit bias or racism within myself or witness it in others, I will have the courage to call it out. I will be teachable as I learn more about how to serve others better.
I am dedicated to working to open the door to opportunity for those for whom the door is closed or heavy to move. I believe that knowledge, education, and training are important keys to opportunity fulfillment. We live in a society that regularly and systemically devalues those who are not white and wealthy. This devaluation acts as a firm lock on the door. I pledge to keep my mind and my heart open to learning how to best serve all students at LWTech in order to afford access to the keys and ability to use the keys to opportunity’s door. This includes participating in workshops, seminars, trainings and book clubs that the college offers and offerings in the community at large. As I listen to our students’ stories and recognize the honor and privilege of hearing them, I will strive to be the best support I can be to all our students. I am grateful to have my own opportunity to learn, to grow and to work at an institution that is striving to be equitable, diverse and inclusive.
My commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion work in both in my personal and professional life stems from my personal experiences as a gay, BIPOC, woman. First and foremost, as human beings, and secondly as employees of a state college, we have a moral obligation to create an inclusive and diverse environment for students, staff, and faculty that promotes equity in every sense of the word. I have first handedly experienced numerous incidents of racism, sexism, and discrimination based on sexual orientation throughout my personal and professional life and feel quite strongly about the ways in which our college approaches anti-racism work. With this in mind, my commitment to EDI work on our campus to promote anti-racism and dismantle and combat systemic racism, is an especially personal one for me, because I also live and breathe this every day as a BIPOC individual outside of the workplace. My bottom line on EDI work is that it is hard, yet vital. Uncomfortable, yet necessary. And lastly, infuriating, yet more urgent than ever.
My professional commitment to EDI work includes the following:
My work with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has spanned my college and educational career and has centered on working with students who have been historically marginalized in higher education institutions. The recent killings of innocent Black people at the hands of White police officers and resulting civil unrest has further highlighted the necessary work that must be done to disrupt systems of oppression. As a White woman who is benefited from working within those systems, I am compelled to continuously examine my own beliefs and actively work towards dismantling systemic racism both individually and by joining my colleagues as we work towards truly being a Community of Belonging. My commitment to equity will be demonstrated by the following:
My commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion work begins with my personal experience as a woman and person of color. I have firsthand knowledge of what it means to be first-generation and understand the challenges of growing up as a refugee and immigrant. I have faced racism and discrimination. I come from a low-income (socio-economic insecurity) family. Most of you did not know I experienced language barriers going into Kindergarten. There is a lot of work to do or myself and the communities in which I belong. And I belong to so many that it is hard to navigate them all. The work has not and will not be easy but it needs to be done. Going against the dominant culture is hard because it is like going against a fast flowing river. Even so, the work still needs to be done.
Over the course of the year and during the Administrators of Color Leadership Program, I learned that I have given up a lot of my ‘cultural abundance’ or minimized it because I was upholding white privilege/white supremacy ideas/norms because I was taught I have to adapt or be a certain way in order to be ‘successful’, to earn respect, and to advance in my career. I had to re-learn authenticity, learning to undo beliefs, and learning to see things how I saw before I adopted the norms and ideals of the systems that perpetuate oppression. It took me a long time to process what I was thinking and feeling. It is almost shocking and difficult to come to terms with that. I am going to make mistakes along the way and I do not have all the answers but I will work to help find them. Thus, my commitment to EDI comes in two forms that may overlap:
My equity work centers on creating accessible, antiracist entry points to the college by building a welcoming, supportive, and adaptive platform that assists every student as they embark on or return to their academic journey. I commit to:
As a Student Affairs professional, social justice is at the center of my work. As a practitioner, I seek to actively and purposefully enact social justice in daily practice. I am committed to LWTech’s goal of becoming an anti-racist college and am actively engaged in dismantling systemic racism.
The history and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) informs my personal and professional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through my undergraduate studies in American Ethnic Studies and Diversity, I had the immense privilege to study and research key aspects and issues of race and ethnicity from the perspective of BIPOC historians and communities. I feel an immense responsibility due to this knowledge and am committed to dismantling systemic racism through:
I am committed to earning the title of “ally” from systemically underrepresented communities through my daily words and behaviors. Earning the title of “ally” is not a passive process where one entitles themselves because of the care they feel for a community. It is a title we must work towards earning every single day by the communities we claim allyship towards. I commit to earning this title through:
I am passionate about the role that community and technical colleges play in increasing access to higher education and serving their local communities. As a first generation college student and community college graduate, I know first-hand the impact that community and technical colleges can have. I am committed to the pursuit of an educational system where every student who seeks higher education has equitable access, support, and resources to reach their goals.
Intersectionality is at the core of my commitment to social justice. I commit to holistic personal and professional practices that acknowledge and value the various unique identities our community represents. I am committed to the success of all LWTech students, including historically underrepresented student populations such as those who identify as: Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQ+, undocumented, low-income, and first-generation.
I emphatically believe Black lives matter and stand with Black communities.
My equity work centers on improving the persistence, graduation, and transfer rates of first-generation to college, low-income students, and students with disabilities, many of which are students of color. This includes providing one-on-one academic and mentoring support to work to eliminate equity gaps for TRIO’s participants so they may find success in their chosen career fields and/or pursue a bachelor’s degree. My work in TRIO guides students in navigating on-campus processes and systems that prove barriers to their success.
My equity work centers on providing support services and eliminating barriers for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds such as first generation, low income, and/or students with disabilities.
I am committed to increase access and success for students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds to promote college readiness, program/course completion, persistence, graduation, and transfer.
Everyone’s journey with diversity, equity, and inclusion is individual but tempered by their socialization in a system stilted to reward Whiteness and privilege. As a White woman living within this system I am committed to dismantling these systems of oppression. Leading with anti-racism is the first step to ending racism and racist systems. My educational journey to learn how my identity impacts BIPOC students and colleagues is my responsibility but shared among people with the same desire to end systemic-racism, and therefore requires time, resources, and continuous commitment. With this societal backdrop and understanding I bring this into my LWTech work within Student Programs. Committing to anti-racist, diversity, and inclusion work, I want to:
As the Director of the Early Learning center, my work with equity, diversity and inclusion centers around creating a positive social and emotional environment that supports each teacher, child and family’s culture, language, ethnicity and family structure. As a leader to my team, I will continue to support the anti-racist work being done at LWTech, participate in courageous conversations and identify implicit bias and racism. Should it occur within myself or others, I will have the courage to say something. When the children notice differences in race, gender, ethnicity and individual’s abilities, I will teach them to place a positive value on those differences and treat all people with respect.
I commit to the following:
Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mon-Fri, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.