Events & Conferences


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Students of Color Conference (SOCC)

April 23-25, 2020
Yakima, WA 

Each year Lake Washington Institute of Technology supports students to attend the Students of Color Conference (SOCC)—an event coordinated through the Multicultural Student Services Directors' Council (MSSDC). The conference takes place each spring in Yakima, WA and is attended by students from across the state of Washington. The goal of the conference is to support Washington State students to become more active proponents of their own education and life choices, and expand the opportunities and possibilities for students to become agents
of change.


Faculty and Staff Color of Conference (FSOCC)

The Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference (FSOCC) explores ways of engaging institutional resources to promote success. This annual event takes place each fall and alternates locations between Bellingham, Spokane, and Vancouver. The FSOCC mission is:

  • To create networks for ongoing dialogue on issues impacting professional and career opportunities in all sectors of higher education.
  • To develop greater awareness and visibility of policies and plans established to enhance the institutional climate, access, and educational quality in higher education in Washington.
  • To increase our capacity as employers in higher education to inspire, model, and lead in the effort to combat racism, promote ethnic and racial diversity, and achieve excellence in higher education.

This conference offers a wealth of resources, contacts, and support for faculty, administrators, professional and classified staff, and other employees. Participants will have opportunities to discuss issues and share strategies that promote career opportunities and advancement. The issues we address in this conference are central to the future of higher education in Washington and our campus communities. We invite you to use the conference as a resource for learning about meaningful ways to define the vital ties between diversity and higher education in Washington.

The 20th anniversary of the conference took place on November 4th-6th 2015 in Bellingham, WA.


Past Events & Conferences

TLC presents: Workshop on Understanding Implicit Bias in the Workplace, Presented by Dr. Caprice Hollins 

May 19, 2015

Dr. Caprice HollinsDespite our best intentions, we all carry the biases we have been socialized to believe about different racialized groups, genders, people with disabilities, the elderly, and many others. Because bias is so pervasive and often unconscious, it can influence our behaviors and the behaviors of those we interact with, without knowing it’s happening. During our time together we will look at Claude Steele’s research on Stereotype Threat and Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald’s work on Implicit Bias to deepen our understanding of the impact and ways to counter it.

Student Programs welcomed antiracist essayist, author and Educator Tim Wise to Lake Washington Institute of Technology

February 23, 2015 

This is event was free and open to the public

Time WiseTim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown,” is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.