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Supporting student and workplace diversity — Seattle Colleges gets acclaim

Supporting student and workplace diversity — Seattle Colleges gets acclaim

By Peggy Chapman
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Jill Wakefield (Photo by Minal Singh/NWAW)

The Seattle Colleges recently received the American Association of Community Colleges award for national equity.

The Seattle Colleges system has impressive numbers when it comes to representing diversity. The minority student population is 52 percent. This is in contrast to the combined total minority demographics for King County, Seattle, and Washington state, which is approximately 34 percent.

Seattle Colleges also has a diverse workforce of 36 percent.

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Jill Wakefield, Chancellor of Seattle Colleges, commented that there needs to be faculty that represents the students, “that want to work here.” Currently, the demographics are 38 percent African American, 35 percent Asian American, 12 percent Hispanic. Approximately 60 percent of the students are first-generation college students. Seattle Colleges is also the number one provider of transferring  community college students to the University of Washington.

Seattle Central is considered the most diverse of the Seattle Colleges system, but she said “We are not there yet. We can always do better.”

According to Wakefield, recruitment in diverse communities includes recruiters and advisory groups that go to community centers, high schools, and also placing ads in community newspapers.

Seattle Colleges highlights include initiating a BA degree, supporting the “Occupy Seattle” movement, the Vocational Institute, offering certificates in healthcare, and the changing of the name (from Seattle Community College).

Wakefield also addressed that there is an initiative to address the idea of teacher as lecturer when it comes to higher education, reinforcing the concept of professor as comrade.

“These are brilliant students, some not confident in their abilities. We want to help them achieve their goals.” (end)

Peggy Chapman can be reached at editor@nwasianweekly.com.

Posted in Education, Vol 34 No 13 | 3/21-3/27Comments (0)

Giving back: the secret to the successes of Pioneers in Social Entrepreneurship

Giving back: the secret to the successes of Pioneers in Social Entrepreneurship

By Stacy Nguyen
Northwest Asian Weekly

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The Pioneers honorees and their guests (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

Today, pioneers don’t hate to don coonskin hats to blaze trails. In fact, they come in all sorts of garb. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Vol 30 No 44 | 10/29-11/4Comments (0)

April 30: North Seattle Community College holds annual Passport to Success Dinner

April 30: North Seattle Community College holds annual Passport to Success Dinner

From left, in back: Former Seattle Community College District (now Seattle Community Colleges) Chancellor Peter Ku, Shiao Yen, NSCC President Mark Mitsui, Vera Ing, Winnie Lee, and Seattle Community Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield. Front: Terri Ji

Passport to Success is North Seattle Community College (NSCC)’s annual dinner and the only fundraising event for the Education Fund of North Seattle Community College, which supports scholarships and other programs at the college, including faculty and staff development, tutoring, and academic programs.  Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 30 No 22 | 5/28-6/3Comments (0)

Blog: The presidents’ league

Blog: The presidents’ league

From left: Antioch University President Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet, City University Provost Steve Olswang, Bellevue College President Jean Floten, Seattle Community Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield, Seattle Central Community College President Paul Killpatrick, Whatcom Community College President Kathi Hiyane-Brown, University of Washington Bothell Chancellor Kenyon Chan, North Seattle Community College President Mark Mitsui, and Edmonds Community College President Jack Oharah. (Note: This is not a photograph, but an image created by combining two photos.) (Image credit: Rebecca Ip/SCP)

The Women of Color Empowered luncheon honored 11 female educators on Sept. 24 at the China Harbor Restaurant. Despite the fact that the event honored women, several important men showed up. They belong to what I call the presidents’ league. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 40 | 10/2-10/8Comments (0)

Blog: Mark Mitsui, a future chancellor?

Blog: Mark Mitsui, a future chancellor?

1: Mark Mitsui. 2: South Seattle Community College President Gary Oertli, Bea Kiyohara, Jill Wakefield, and Peter Ku. 3: Mark Mitsui with his parents, family members, and friends at a gathering hosted by Vera and Joel Ing (not shown). (Photos by Assunta Ng/NWAW)

When Mark Mitsui was appointed as the president of North Seattle Community College, I felt that he could very well be another Peter Ku, chancellor emerita of Seattle Community Colleges. Read the full story

Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 29 No 25 | 6/19-6/25Comments (0)

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