Edmonds Community College Offers Diversity

Edmonds Community College Offers Diversity

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diversity_524The Diversity Student Center at Edmonds Community College has announced the schedule for its spring diversity events beginning Wednesday, April 17 and continuing through Thursday, May 9.

Established in 1967, the college strengthens Washington’s diverse community by helping students access educational and career opportunities in a supportive environment that encourages success, innovation, service, and lifelong learning. It serves more than 20,000 students annually. The college offers 75 associate degrees and 51 professional certificates in 33 programs of study. Its highest enrolled programs are the Associate of Arts/Associate of Science degrees, Paralegal, Allied Health (pre-nursing degree), Business/Accounting, Construction Management, and Culinary Arts programs.

The Diversity Student Center, located in Brier Hall, serves all students, with a focus on ethnically diverse, homeless, female, gay, lesbian, and gender-diverse students. In addition to promoting diverse events, it also provides resource assistance to help students understand college life; connections to a conversation partner program to help second language speakers with English, in a friendly conversational setting; a resource library with items for loan for a full quarter; assistance to club members; and a computer lab with Internet access for students.

Upcoming events at the Diversity Student Center include:

Latin-American Festival

11 a.m.-1 -p.m., Wednesday, April 17 | Courtyard/Brier Hall

Informative cultural celebration with free authentic Mexican food, live entertainment, educational displays, games, and prizes.

“Same-Sex Marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court”

12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 1 | Black Box Theatre

Edmonds CC Paralegal instructor Scott Haddock will lead a discussion on the history of same-sex marriage in the United States and two Supreme Court cases that could change everything. Co-sponsored by Love Happens, the college’s LBGTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Ally) club.

28th Annual POWWOW

May 3-5 | Seaview Gym

The event brings together students, families, and communities to celebrate American Indian singing, drumming, dancing, and arts and crafts. Dance and drum ceremonies start at 7 p.m., Friday; 1 and 7 p.m., Saturday; and 1 p.m., Sunday. During intermissions from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, there will be Native storytelling.

“Crossing Mountains: A Journey from Undocumented Immigrant to Award-Winning Author”

11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 | Black Box Theatre

Reyna Grande, author of “The Distance Between Us” and “Dancing with Butterflies,” speaks about her life as an undocumented citizen.

“The TRUTH about Undocumented Students”

11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9 | Brier Hall 231

A panel of undocumented college students describe their fears, barriers, and successes.

All events are free and open to the public and will be held on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W.

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