New LGBTQ initiative aimed at increasing opportunity for all
LYNNWOOD, Wash. — As part of the registration process, students enrolling at Edmonds College and other Washington community and technical colleges statewide are now being asked to answer two optional questions about gender identity and sexual orientation.
Students are encouraged to provide this confidential information so the colleges can design and implement programs and services that provide meaningful and rewarding learning opportunities for all students.
The student-driven LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Student Success Task Force Initiative took shape at the 2011 Washington Community and Technical College (CTC) Students’ Legislative Voice Academy. The CTC’s Educational Services Committee endorsed the plan in 2012, with financial support from the Washington State Student Services Commission.
“We’re glad that this state initiative is moving forward,” said Rae Ellen Raes, Dean of Enrollment and Financial Services. “Collecting this data is the first step in identifying how we might do a better job in supporting our students' needs and their success. It speaks to our mission of strengthening our diverse community by helping students access educational and career opportunities in a supportive environment that encourages success, innovation, service, and lifelong learning.
“We are committed to promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment for LGBTQ students at Edmonds College. We want all of our students to feel welcomed, included, and respected. Collecting this data will allow us to know more about our students and be better prepared to design and develop courses and college programs that reflect students’ diverse perspectives and experiences.”