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The Diversity & Equity Center at Lower Columbia College

The Diversity & Equity Center welcomes the LCC community to learn about diversity, rights, strength and how to overcome inequity. The center hosts events and club meetings. It is located upstairs in the Student Center.

Events & Activities

In an atmosphere of openness and diversity, we strive to enrich the local community by hosting a variety of cultural events, visiting lecturers and political and education forums.

  • International Festival
  • Intercultural Week
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
  • Asian Pacific Islander Celebration
  • Native American History Month
  • African American History Month

Achieving the Dream

In 2011 Lower Columbia College was awarded funding from College Spark Washington to become an Achieving the Dream school, joining 160 community colleges nationwide. Achieving the Dream, Inc., is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping more community college students stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree, particularly students in populations under served by higher education (such as low-income students and students of color). Learn more about Achieving the Dream at Lower Columbia College

Curriculum Revision and Innovation

Development of diversity courses that meet the diversity graduation requirement continues, such as Multicultural Literature and Women in History.

Multicultural Services

Seeks cultural diversity among the student population and is committed to recruiting and educating students from underrepresented populations at LCC.

Services include helping students participate in student life by providing culturally-supportive personal guidance, culturally-related programs and activities, vocational and educational exploration, course and program advising, and assistance with financial aid and mentoring opportunities.

LGBTQ Student Success Initiative

We are committed to promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment for LGBTQ students.

Collecting data allows us to know more about our students and be better prepared to design and develop curricular and co-curricular programs that reflect students' diverse perspectives and experiences.

We believe the implementation of this new process will serve as a testimony of our commitment to diversity, academic achievement and student success.

Program examples include:

  • LGBTQ Club
  • Mentoring for LGBTQ Organizations and Clubs
  • Course Offerings
  • Funding and Scholarships

Students registering for classes beginning Fall 2013 will see these questions on the registration form:

  1. What is your sexual orientation?
    • Bisexual
    • Gay
    • Lesbian
    • Queer
    • Straight/heterosexual
    • Other
    • Prefer not to answer
  2. What is your gender identity?
    • Feminine
    • Masculine
    • Androgynous
    • Gender neutral
    • Transgender
    • Other
    • Prefer not to answer

These questions are optional; however, we encourage students to provide this confidential information so we can design and implement programs and services that provide meaningful and rewarding learning opportunities.

Additional Information

LGBTQ in Washington State

Frequently Asked Questions about LGBTQ
Background on the LGBTQ Student Success Initiative

Contact Us

For information regarding diversity & equity, multicultural services, LGBTQ, financial aid, scholarships, tutoring, clubs, activities, community service, personal concerns course selection or transferring to a 4-year college contact:

Lisa Matye-Edwards
Vice President for Student Services

Margit Brumbaugh
Director of International Programs