Diversity and Social Justice Requirement

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Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s mission is to prepare students for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities. In today's culturally diverse global workforce, this mission goes beyond teaching our students the technical skills they will use in their industry. It is important that our students have the knowledge and skills that prepare them for the multicultural workspace they are entering and the broader communities in which they will live.

To help accomplish this mission, starting in the 2021-2022 academic year a course on diversity and social justice is required at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) of all students seeking a certificate of proficiency or associate degree. The required course dives deep into concepts of diversity and social justice. This requirement does not add costs to degree requirements and no additional time is needed to meet degree requirements.

Students taking the Diversity and social justice classes, would be invited to choose from a variety of "DSJ" designated classes. The entire course will be dedicated to or contextualized around diversity and social justice. Some of the "DSJ" designated classes are technical classes, while others are General Education courses.

To be approved and designated as a Diversity and Social Justice course, student learning outcomes, and course content must satisfy four learning outcomes: One learning outcome that focuses on communication, one learning outcome that focuses on appreciating differences, and two learning outcomes that focus on Power, Privilege, Inequity. 

Approved Diversity and Social Justice Courses

Below are lists of approved Diversity and Social Justice courses in general education and professional programs. Please note that not all the sections of these courses meet the Diversity Requirement. To choose sections that meet the diversity requirement, please use the “Diversity and Social Justice” course attribute value in the Class Schedule.

Department Course
Science ENVS&101, NUTR&101, BIOL&175, BIOL311
Humanities HUM215, CMST280
Math MATH&107, MATH&146
Social Science SOC&101, PSYC&100, PSYC&200, PSYC&220, POLS&202, CJ101
English ENLG&101, ENGL&111
Department Course
Digital Gaming and Interactive Media GAME108
Welding Technology WELD203
Early Childhood Education EDUC140, ECED180
Occupational Therapy Assistant OTA110
Funeral Service Education FSE141
Physical Therapy Assistant PTA255
Human Resource Management HRM215, HRM265, HRM240
Behavioral Health BHAV222, BHAV 110
Computer Security and Network Technology CSNT115
Architectural Technology ARCH100
Design ART252, ART102
Business Technology BTE190

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Western Washington map shwoing Duwamish tribe in teh center. Image by uknown author is licensed under CC-BY-SAOur Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the LWTech campus is on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, past and present, and we honor with gratitude the land itself, and the Coast Salish, Stillaguamish, Snoqualmie, Muckleshoot and Duwamish tribes.​ We acknowledge these tribes by showing respect, and take an intentional step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture, and toward inviting and honoring the truth.


Student Testimonials

"The diversity class that I’m taking has been a rich experience and opened my eyes to many things. In the past, I think I would have scrunched up my nose at the thought of taking such a class, to be perfectly honest, but I am thankful that I was put in the position to take it. The reading has opened my eyes and my heart to the world around me in a new, more mature way"


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