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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Equity Statement

CCS believes that access to high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment is the right of all individuals and imperative for the continued advancement of a strong democracy and workforce. We also believe higher education institutions have an obligation to work toward and demonstrate progress in ensuring equity amongst their students, faculty and staff. Equity is grounded in the principle of fairness.  In higher education, equity refers to ensuring that each student receives what they need to be successful through the intentional design of the college experience. 

Native Land Acknowledgement Statement

We are honored to acknowledge that the Community Colleges of Spokane, and our main campuses for Spokane Falls and Spokane Community College, are located on the traditional and sacred homelands of the Spokane Tribe. We also provide services in a region that includes the traditional and sacred homelands of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Kalispel Tribe and Nez Perce Tribe.

We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present as well as to all indigenous people today. This land holds their cultural DNA and we are honored and grateful to be here on their traditional lands. We give thanks to the legacy of the original people and their descendants and pledge to honor their stewardship and values.

Working at CCS

The Community Colleges of Spokane is dedicated to incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion in all hiring and employment practices. Search advocates are used in the hiring process for most candidates and diversity, equity and inclusion training is provided to all employees.

District Equity Council

The CCS District Equity Council (DEC) brings together diverse people and interests across CCS to work together in building a more equitable and inclusive environment and to advance racial, social, and economic justice in service to our diverse communities.

College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

SCC and SFCC work to foster an inclusive environment, promote all types of diversity and serve as a support network for the CCS community.