Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan

During Spring 2014, our campus engaged in a series of focus groups and individual interviews facilitated by Drs. Christine Clark and Mark Brimhall-Vargas to gain an understanding of diversity at LWTech. Based on those conversations, the consultants prepared a report outlining their findings.

As a result, in March 2015, the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Board of Trustees adopted the new Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Plan (EDIP). 

Statement from the President

Dr. Amy Goings, President of Lake Washington Insitute of Technology

Welcome to Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech). All of us at LWTech welcome and affirm the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), and are committed to intentionally creating a community of belonging where all are welcome.

In 2015, the college community, with the support of the Board of Trustees, adopted its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which was the culmination of three years of work that took place across the campus. As part of that work, the college community has adopted many initiatives that support our EDI work, including but not limited to:

  • Integrating an EDI focus into every facet of the college, including the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.
  • Creating the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council which serves to advise the President and the Executive Cabinet on equity, diversity and inclusion goals, strategies, plans, policy and projects. This Council’s annual work-plan is aligned with the strategic plan. Current deliverables include work related to hiring practices, professional development, and sharing EDI related data.
  • Expanding our Veterans Services by opening the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.
  • Opening the RISE Center (Resources for Inclusion, Support and Empowerment).
  • Offering many types of diversity training for students, faculty and staff; such as, “Safe Zones,” “Cultural Awareness,” “Disability Awareness,” and various cultural events through the RISE Center. The college has also increased professional development opportunities for the college community, focused on equity, diversity, inclusion, and creating a community of belonging.
  • Expanding the focus on equity, diversity and inclusion with a promise to help all students achieve their educational goals through the closing of equity gaps through innovative practices. The Four Connections, Open Educational Resources, and Supplemental Instruction are just three practices imbedded into Instruction that are proving to better support more students
  • Creating campus-wide Core Values development exercises, which culminated in the development of the following Core Values:
    • Inclusive: We intentionally create a welcoming environment where all feel a sense of belonging.
    • Innovative: We are leaders in maximizing opportunities to create a thriving college community.
    • Collaborative: We are open to change and work together to achieve success for all.
    • Respectful: We engage others with acceptance, open-mindedness, courtesy, and care.

These are just a few examples of how all of us at LWTech are invested in the success of our students, faculty and staff by creating a welcoming and supportive community of belonging. I look forward to supporting you along your journey at LWTech.

Sincerely,

Amy

Signature of Dr. Amy Morrison, President of Lake Washington Insitute of Technology 
President, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Download EDIP and College Strategic Plans