Diversity and Safety on Campus - Message from President Brown

A Message from President Warren Brown
December 9, 2015

Dear Campus,

We learned with heavy hearts this week that a Seattle Central College student, Hamza Warsame, passed away tragically over the weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hamza's family and friends, as well as with the students and instructors at our sister college who knew and loved Hamza.

The circumstances surrounding Hamza's death are still being investigated by the Seattle Police Department. I will keep you informed regarding what is learned through the investigation, as reported by the Interim President for Seattle Central College. Even so, this incident has brought to light concerns among members of Seattle Colleges' African American and Muslim communities who are worried about their safety. Given some of the national rhetoric, and reports of increased acts of racism and discrimination locally and nationally, the concerns are felt by those across the country and within our halls.

The diversity of our students and employees is at the very heart of what makes North a vibrant and rich place to learn and work. Our diversity is a reflection of our community, and it is something to be celebrated and cherished.

Ensuring you feel safe and welcome on this campus is paramount. If you feel unsafe, or encounter a student or employee with concerns about safety, please know there are resources on campus to help you. They include:

  • Campus Safety and Security Office  (206) 934-3636

North's Safety and Security Office provides emergency and non-emergency assistance to students, employees and visitors, including first aid and a safety escort.

  • Office of Vice President for Student Services  (206) 934-5659

In addition to the campus security office, if you feel unsafe or discriminated against, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.

SLMP provides leadership training and advising for students as well as a wide variety of cultural and educational programs. The office supports students from all backgrounds, experiences and levels of academic preparation.

The Women's Center provides confidential support and referrals to community resources, serving current and prospective students of all ages, gender expressions, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds.

North has implemented a variety of programs, workshops and ongoing trainings to increase cultural competency and awareness to build community and to facilitate student success. Additionally, the Diversity Advisory Committee is a standing committee that supports and advocates for the strategies, vision and values around diversity.

Let's do all we can to ensure a safe, welcoming and supportive campus environment.

Thank you,

Warren Brown, Ed.D.
President, North Seattle College

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 at 13:37:48

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