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Professional Development Opportunities

for faculty and staff around diversity and equity issues


Diversity and Equity Programming

During Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week (January) and Unity Through Diversity Week(Spring) leading scholars, community organizers, and experts provide lectures and workshops to discuss emerging trends in issues of equity and diversity.

Learning and Teaching Center

The Learning and Teaching Center(LTC) is especially committed in furthering the college's strategic initiatives of excellence in teaching and learning.  The LTC is also dedicated to enhancing a college climate that values diversity and global perspectives.

Whites on White Social Justice Work Group

The mission of this work group is to come together as community to analyze systems that privilege whiteness in order to develop the attitudes, knowledge, and concrete skills necessary to work effectively within the diverse community that is Highline College.

Equity Task Force

Representing both governance bodies and interest groups, the Equity Task Force facilitates communications between Executive Staff and the campus community on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Other Conferences and Workshops:


The People's Institute Undoing Racism Workshop (Multiple Dates Available - Seattle)

An intensive two-day workshop designed to educate, challenge and empower people to "undo" the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically erected and that it can be "undone" if people understand where it comes from, how it functions and why it is perpetuated.

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) (May 28 - June 1, 2019)

The NCORE conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

Social Justice Training Institute (Multiple Dates)

The Social Justice Training Institute provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community.

South Puget Sound Higher Education Diversity Partnership Institute (SPSHEDPI) (January 31, 2019)

Building on successful annual institutes that have brought together faculty, staff, students, and community partners, the South Puget Sound Higher Education Diversity Partnership gathers regional institutions to share and build around issues of diversity. 

The White Privilege Conference (March 20-23, 2019)

WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.

Gender Odyssey Conference (August 1-4, 2019)

Gender Odyssey’s conference programming is focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender non-conforming people from across North America and around the world.

Past Events

Seattle Race Conference (June 9, 2018)

The Seattle Race Conference began to create a shared understanding and language about the nature of racism, refine definitions of its modern day forms and identify the tools that can be used to end it. Using this as a foundation, the objective was to cultivate a "movement" for racial justice in Seattle that includes components of sustainable action.

Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference (October 31-November 2, 2018)

This conference offers a wealth of resources, contacts, and support for faculty and staff.  Participants will have opportunities to discuss issues and share strategies that promote career opportunities and advancement.  We invite you to use the conference as a resource for learning about meaningful ways to define the vital ties between diversity and higher education in Washington. For us, just as for the students we serve, diversity in Washington higher education provides many challenging opportunities. This conference explores ways of engaging the resources of our institutions so that all of us can enjoy success in our daily work and careers.

2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference (September 27-29, 2018)

Building on the success of previous conferences the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference will again welcome more than 2,000 local, regional, national, and international participants to engage issues of race and its impact on education.