LWTech's Actions

Background on LWTech Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Work

For more than seven years, the faculty and staff of LWTech have engaged in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work, which led to the creation of an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan, which incorporated two years of feedback from the college community. The college then formed an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which later was moved to Council status. It also led to standing up the RISE Center (Resources for Inclusion, Support and Empowerment) with a full-time coordinator, in collaboration with the Associated Student Government. The college opened the Center for Veteran Student Success with a full-time coordinator in 2016, and began its Community of Belonging initiative in 2017. 

The following timeline is comprised of action steps that were made in response to the senseless murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by white Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020.

Timeline

May 31, 2020: Dr. Morrison, President, LWTech emailed a message to the college community  denouncing the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by white Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020.

June 2, 2020: President Morrison and the members of Executive Cabinet met with EDIC and ASG Leadership.

June 2-3, 2020: Dr. Morrison, with input from EDIC and ASG leadership drafted an Action Plan of short-term and long-term actions the college would take to end systemic racism at the college and in the community.

June 4, 2020: The draft Action Plan was brought to the EDIC for input.

June 5, 2020: A website splash page (homepage takeover), slider, and landing page were created on the college website that said the college stands in solidarity with the black community. The landing page includes statements from the president, college leaders, and departments.

June 9, 2020: Dr. Morrison and members of Executive Cabinet met with EDI and ASG Leadership.

June 12, 2020: The college Action Plan was shared with college community.

June 16, 2020: Dr. Morrison hosted an Employee Roundtable to discuss the Action Plan.

June 19, 2020: The college held three facilitated Courageous Conversations: Race Based Caucuses for faculty and staff.

June 23, 2020: Dr. Morrison and members of Executive Cabinet met with EDI and ASG Leadership.

July 7, 2020: President Morrison participated in the Bias Response Team meeting.

July 7, 2020: President Morrison sent a letter to the Kirkland City Council who were holding a public hearing that evening to hear a draft Resolution R-5434, affirming that Black Lives Matter, in addition to establishing a framework to becoming a safe, inclusive and welcoming community. Her letter outlined LWTech’s efforts to dismantle systemic racism and our support of this work. She reiterated the College’s work and commitment to working with the City to making the College community more inclusive while supporting and listening to our Black neighbors. 

July 10, 2020: Dr. Morrison appointed the Executive Director of HR and the Vice President of Student Services to co-chair the Antiracism Training and Professional Development Task Force.

July 16, 2020: Dr. Morrison scheduled a roundtable discussion with Black/African American colleagues.

July 22, 2020: Dr. Morrison scheduled an all employee roundtable to discuss college efforts around dismantling systemic racism at the college, along with discussions on the budget, and COVID-19 preparations on campus this summer and fall. 

July 30, 2020: LWTech employees had the opportunity to participate in Courageous Conversations, as part of the professional development training sessions related to antiracism. This training format was structured as race-based caucuses.

August 19, 2020: LWTech's Leadership Team participated in a Dismantling Systemic Racism meeting and worked on drafting their official Commitment statement to Dismantling System Racism. 

August 26, 2020: LWTech's Leadership Team participated in the Antiracism Training Opportunity as part of the ongoing professional development series. This event will was formatted as a Courageous Conversation with the entire college community being together. 

Upcoming on Week of September 21, 2020:

  • September 21, 2020: All staff will participate in antiracism training from an external speaker, Natalie Gillard, who will guide the staff through an educational “game” called Factuality. 
  • September 22, 2020: All staff will come together for antiracism training related to microaggressions from Dr. Yoshiko Harden, Vice President of Student Services at Seattle Central College.