Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Graduates in regalia lined up to receive their diplomas

Grays Harbor College is Committed to Fostering a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Learning Environment for All

Our College Plan is our Promise

GHC’s College Plan integrates Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion throughout its priorities and actions.  Key objectives include:

  • Fostering student success by closing equity gaps;
  • creating a culture of belonging;
  • fostering racial, social, and economic justice for students, faculty, and staff; and
  • ensuring all students meet their educational goals.

These objectives and our work toward them are described in the GHC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

GHC’s overall plan to address equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging is heavily influenced by The Inclusive Excellence Framework and the University of Missouri’s use of this tool.  The guiding principle of Making Excellence Inclusive was created by the Association of American Colleges & Universities in 2005. Read the AACU article on Making Diversity Work on Campus (pdf).

The Inclusive Excellence Framework encompasses five dimensions:

  • Access & Success
  • Institutional Climate and Intergroup Relations
  • Education and Scholarship
  • Institutional Infrastructure
  • Community Engagement

GHC’s college priorities address these areas with training and institutional assessment elevated to a high priority for students, faulty, and staff with the recent support of our legislature (see below for more information). 

EDI Summary of Accomplishments Across the College Since 2020

Since 2020, the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) has worked to engage the college community around diversity, equity and inclusion through participation in all-college meetings, organizing workshops in partnership with TwinStar Credit Union, and the development of a Land Acknowledgement Statement. This statement recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of the land the college lies on and the enduring relationship between Native Americans and their traditional territories. The Multicultural Club has been re-established, and a page on GHC’s website was established to serve as a repository for diversity, equity, and inclusion resources.

A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Rubric has been developed by the DAC to help GHC assess and improve some of the College’s major institutional processes including curriculum, hiring, student onboarding, and program centers. Additionally, data on topics such as student progress, completion and retention gaps for historically underrepresented students, and our ‘sense of belonging’ have been reviewed to identify additional action items the committee will take to facilitate additional progress in the future.

During the 2021 Legislative Session, two senate bills were passed signaling a system wide approach to ensuring equitable access and educational success for all residents, particularly from communities of color, students with disabilities and low-income communities. Put another way, these monies allow GHC to 1) invest financial resources behind our already existing EDI priorities, action plan, and objectives, 2) expand GHC’s efforts and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and 3) provide ongoing EDI and anti-racist training for faculty, staff, and students.

Metrics of Success

Recent Senate Bills Provide Support for EDI

During the 2021 Legislative Session, two senate bills (SB 5277 and SB5194) were passed into law which establish a system-wide approach to ensuring equitable educational access and success for all residents, particularly for students from communities of color, students with disabilities, and low-income communities.

College Climate Assessments

Pursuant to SB 5227, community colleges in Washington are now expected to regularly administer campus climate assessments to students and employees and post the findings. Reports will be posted here as they become available.

Students EDI Survey and Focus Group Results


Diversity Training

GHC is committed to ongoing training around diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.  Our training curriculum is in line with our overall philosophy of Inclusive Excellence and addresses the multiple areas of a college and college life where anti-racism and anti-discrimination strategies can significantly improve things for Historically Underserved Student of Color (HU-SoC), LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized groups. 

During Fall 2023, the College Priority 3 – EDI Training Framework and Professional Development/Training Sub-Committee met to 1) review SB 5227 & SB 5194 implementation timeline and GHC summary of progress, 2) review EDI training frameworks and discuss establishing a framework for GHC and 3) brainstorm an annual EDI/anti-racist professional development and training calendar.

Using the Inclusive Excellence Framework, the sub-committee charted The College’s priorities, action plan, and objectives. The sub-committee discussed additional college-specific variables and elements and identified professional development and training topics that should be considered within each framework pillar.

The sub-committee is meeting in early January 2024 to continue to work on this training framework and professional development/training list in advance of the larger committee meeting at the end of January. This website will be updated as the sub-committee continues to make progress.

Training for Students

Anti-racist and additional EDI training opportunities coming spring 2024.

Training for Employees

In addition to the “DEI in the workplace – Higher Ed – All Employees” training that is required for all new employees, GHC is committed to providing ongoing training, both targeted and general, for the institution, division, departments, and employees.

Date and Details of Sessions(s) Evaluation Results
Winter 2023 – Facilitated session about Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (Cultures Connecting led); all employees Evaluation Results

Ongoing training opportunities the College is exploring include, but are not limited to; Safe Zone Training, Mental Health First Aid and Bystander Intervention.