What We Stand For

Oct. 30, 2018

Dear Colleagues,
I like so many around the nation am still processing the horrifying events of the past week, starting with bomb threats directed at public officials and members of the media, and now, tragically, with the senseless deaths of 11 innocent people while worshiping in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. 

The emotional impact of this violence is compounded because it’s not isolated. In this week alone, we’ve experienced a school shooting in North Carolina, the murder of two people in a Kentucky Kroger supermarket—in what is now being described as a hate crime targeted at African Americans—and the federal government’s consideration of rolling back protections for transgender people and children born here to undocumented immigrants, among other incidents reported and not.
There are so many alarming events and the news cycle is dominated with increasingly disturbing reports. For many of us, our country feels more divided now than it has at any point in our lifetimes.
We as members of one community college may feel limited in what we can do. Worse, we may feel desensitized or overwhelmed. But, please—don’t be. We must go back to our values at North and remember that, when we’re together, we are much stronger than when we are apart.

At North, our values are:
It’s in the spirit of caring that I want to remind you of resources we have available for anyone who is trying to cope with the events of this week.
  • Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusionlocated on the second floor of College Center Building in Room 2355A and in the Inclusion Lounge. 
    D’Andre Fisher
    Email: Dandre.Fisher@seattlecolleges.edu
    Phone: 206.934.4620

  • Employee Assistance Program—this program provides free counseling services to Washington state employees and their family members.

  • North’s Counseling Services 
    Lydia Minatoya, PhD, 
    Counseling Faculty
    (206) 934-3676
    Jenny Mao, PhD, 
    Counseling Faculty
    (206) 934-3676
    Hours: M - F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Gender Equity Resource Center— serving current and prospective students of all ages, gender expressions, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds regardless of immigration status.

  • Multicultural Center—Multicultural Center was started with the goal of helping to retain, support and graduate students of all backgrounds. The center also serves as a meeting place for students and staff to work on institutional diversity initiatives.

  • Veteran’s Services and Lounge—The Office of Veterans Services at North Seattle College offers a range of assistance to veterans, reservists, active duty personnel and eligible family members who receive Veteran’s Administration education benefits.

  • Disability Services—provides accommodations so that qualified students with documented disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all of North’s programs, activities, events, and services. DS also provides resources, referrals, and advocacy support as needed.

  • CARE TEAM—Communication Awareness Referral and Education (CARE) Team.
    The CARE team is a flexible interdisciplinary team of campus professionals who consult regularly, and encourage campus awareness and communication about health and safety concerns. Resources can also be found on the CARE pages.

  • Meditation Room—a place for quiet reflection, meditation and prayer. Located in ED 2724B from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Library Peaceful Space—Located in the southwest corner of the third floor of the Library, this space is dedicated towards the quiet practice of contemplation and open to all. This fall, on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 12:15 p.m., English instructor and meditation practitioner Ewan Magie will be sitting in. 

    I encourage you to utilize these resources. Above all, I encourage you to care for yourself and each other. You have the power to effect change, whether it’s through your vote, volunteer work or faith groups, etc. 

    And lastly, while we may not comment on every event or proposal that dominates the fast-changing news cycle, I want to be clear on one thing: If there’s ever any question about where we at North stand, we stand right here

    NSC safe place to learn and work
    North Seattle College is a safe place to learn and work. 

    All cultures. All ages. All religious beliefs. All races/ethnicities. 

    All sizes. All gender identities. 

    All abilities. All qualities. 

    All people. All sexual affiliations. 

    All socioeconomic classes. 

    All veteran status. All political beliefs. All citizenship/status. 

    All sovereign nations.


Although college emails about national traumas may not follow each tragedy, I encourage you to keep this email and use it as guiding information when the time arises.

D’Andre Fisher, M.Ed 
Associate Vice President
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer
North Seattle College 
Pronouns: He, Him, His
Diversity & Inclusion Ally
Email: Dandre.Fisher@seattlecolleges.edu
Phone: 206.934.4620
9600 College Way N Seattle, WA 98103 Rm 2259D

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 at 15:04:01

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