Commitment to Diversity
At Highline, you will find an environment that welcomes everyone. We offer events, programs and spaces that promote understanding, celebrate diversity and honor individual points of view. Our commitment to diversity, social justice and multiculturalism recently earned two prestigious awards: the 2014 Award of Excellence for Advancing Diversity from the American Association of Community Colleges and the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine.
We believe that students—as a result of their experience during college immersed in an inclusive environment that embraces multiculturalism and diversity—have the capacity to change the world for the better as global citizens. A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice is at the heart of everything we do daily at Highline.
One example of our commitment is how we are addressing academic equity issues associated with sexual orientation. We have been a leader in Washington state in a new process that asks for a student’s sexual orientation on the college application as a way to identify barriers to academic attainment among marginalized populations.
Here is a sampling of our many other services, initiatives and programming that meet diverse needs:
- An Inter-Cultural Center, Multicultural Affairs Department, and MESA and TRiO programs to engage and support students of color;
- English-as-a-Second-Language courses, transition-to-college services, co-enrollment options and a Welcome Back Center to serve immigrant populations;
- Recruitment and professional development initiatives that emphasize cultural competence, white privilege and universal design;
- Micro-enterprise support and innovative financial aid services that confront suburban poverty;
- Transition programs that provide meaningful educational pathways for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Highline is one of five community colleges (of twenty-seven colleges and universities total) receiving Department of Education funds through the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) program, which speaks to the college’s long-term commitment to these students; and
- Global partnerships that connect faculty, staff and students with the diversity of the world. Approximately three-quarters of Highline’s full-time faculty have had international experience where they have worked in higher education partnerships abroad.
Our commitment is also seen in many of our college policies, initiatives and mission.
Here’s a sampling:
Cultural Diversity Policy
Highline College actively promotes and supports a learning and work environment which ensures social justice, mutual respect, understanding, civility, and non-violence. Highline Community College is committed to the elimination of discrimination based on sex, race, class, economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and cultural and religious background. Approved by the Highline Board of Trustees, 2006
Core Theme 2
Integrate and institutionalize diversity and globalism throughout the college. Submitted to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), February 2011
As a public institution of higher education serving a diverse community in a multicultural world and global economy, Highline College promotes student engagement, learning, and achievement, integrates diversity and globalism throughout the college, sustains relationships within its communities, and practices sustainability in human resources, operations, and teaching and learning. Adopted August 2013