RISE Center


  • Audry Bernal
  • (425) 739-8692
  • Kirkland Campus
    East Building, E126
  • Hours
    Mon. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Tues. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Wed. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Thurs. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

LWTech Rise CenterThe RISE Center: Resources for Inclusion, Support, and Empowerment aims to build an equitable and inclusive campus environment for all students. Additionally, the center is a support service for students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved backgrounds, such as students from minoritized ethnic/racial groups, students with disabilities, first-generation college students (those who are the first in their family to attend/graduate from college), undocumented students, and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community.  


Through promoting the values of equity, justice, and empowerment, the RISE Center seeks to create an equitable and inclusive campus environment where all students may succeed academically and personally.

Programs and Services

The RISE Center strives to fulfill its mission through advocacy, education, and a variety of support services which promote the personal and academic success of LWTech students.

A welcoming space for students to relax, do schoolwork, and build community.

LWTech RISE Center Lounge

The RISE Center has a small collection of books on topics related to social justice issues and personal narratives from authors of diverse cultural backgrounds and identities. Current LWTech students may check out books from the RISE Center library free of charge.

LWTech has a dedicated Meditation Room for students to engage in individual meditation, prayer, and quiet reflection. The room is located in Technology Center, T118.

Check out the Meditation Room

As a supplement to classroom learning, the RISE Center hosts quarterly workshops and events to build the intercultural competency skills of the student body, celebrate diversity, and enhance the student experience. Examples include affinity lunch hours, graduation award ceremonies, and leadership conferences.

Check out Education Programs and Events

The RISE Center can assist students with finding general scholarship resources to help fund their education. Also, the center has created an identity-based scholarship directory for students to find information on scholarships for groups such as LGBTQ+ students, undocumented students, and a variety of other social groups.

Check out the RISE Center Scholarship Directory

On a quarterly basis, students have the opportunity to participate in a community service project through RISE Center partnerships with off-campus community organizations.

At times, navigating college life can be stressful and students may need someone to talk to for support and guidance. The RISE Center full-time staff can meet with students one-on-one to provide general advising that is sensitive to students’ unique needs, while connecting them to resources on-campus and off-campus.

Meet the Rise Center Staff

The RISE Center recognizes the critical role an equity-minded and culturally competent faculty and staff play in ensuring student retention, success, and completion. Therefore, the center offers a number of presentations and workshops that can be brought into classrooms for faculty. Through collaboration with LWTech Professional Development, the RISE Center also facilitates cultural competency trainings on a variety of subjects for staff.

Explore the RISE Center