There’s a new Group in town: Social Justice Collective

The Social Justice Collective is committed to creating a campus climate that values equity and social justice at its core. Through collaborative action, the SJC engages and builds awareness of social justice programming and critical pedagogies. We are a new group that is recruiting members from all over campus—anyone interested in creating and supporting a campus devoted to social justice issues is welcome! Details about our first meet and greet and how to sign up to participate are on the college calendar under SJC Open House on Jan. 25th.

SJC Mission Statement: To build a campus where equity and justice are valued and realized.

Vision Statement: The Social Justice Collective is committed to creating a campus climate that values equity and social justice at its core. Through collaborative action, we engage and build awareness of social justice programming and critical pedagogies. The Social Justice Collective prioritizes campus-wide collaboration, institutional change, and equity for the Shoreline Community College campus.

Core Values
Social Justice: A continual call to advocacy that encompasses fairness, access, and opportunity.

Support: Building powerful support systems for students, staff, and faculty that will influence change.

Anti-Oppression: Recognizing, naming, and dismantling systems of privilege and hegemony.

Collaboration: Sharing of power throughout our campus communities through strategic planning and teamwork.

Equity: Ensuring that more than equality is necessary to address the institutional distribution of resources based on need.

Radicalism: A conscious commitment to question and analyze the operation and distribution of institutional power.

Accountability: Sharing our stories and experiences to influence our campus communities and their positionality.

If you can’t make it to the meet-and-greet, sign up for future notifications. 

Announcement regarding hiring Administrative EVPSLS

Dear Shoreline colleague:

During the past several months, we have had a number of screening committees actively working on recruitments. In every case, these committees have worked diligently and have done very good work identifying potential candidates. Several new employees have joined us or will be joining us as a result of this recruitment process, and we are really looking forward to the contributions these new members of our college community will make.

I wanted to brief you at this time on several of the administrative positions in Student Learning & Success which have not resulted in permanent hires. In talking with vice presidents at other colleges in the area, I have learned that we are not alone in some of the challenges we are facing with bringing on employees right now, especially due to the publicity (and reality!) around housing prices in the greater Seattle area. In addition, it is likely that some of our pools were affected by the timing of these recruitments, as many in academia are less available during summer.

Three recently advertised positions did not result in permanent hires: Associate Dean of Library Services; Dean of Health Occupations, PE and Business; and Associate Dean of Nursing. We will plan to move forward with a new process in the near future, but for the meantime, I am grateful to the following individuals for agreeing to serve in the interim role for these positions:

  • Associate Dean of Library Services – Sharon Simes, who retired as Dean of the North Seattle College this year, will be serving as interim in this role through June 2018 (starting before or on October 1, to be confirmed soon)
  • Dean of HO/PE and Business – Lisa Malik (Continuing as Acting Dean through June 2018)
  • Associate Dean of Nursing – Lynn VonSchlieder (Beginning today, August 14, through December 2017)

Once again, I wish to express my gratitude to the many on campus who participated in the search process. And thank you to Sharon, Lisa, and Lynn for agreeing to serve in these leadership roles in the interim.


Alison Stevens, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Student Learning & Success

Call for Proposals: Opening Week 2017 Concurrent Sessions

As the quarter comes to a close, we are already ramping up for an exciting new beginning in September, and planning for Opening Week is well under way!

The tradition of making Opening Week an opportunity for us to learn from each other will continue, with three concurrent session opportunities. Several sessions will be offered on developments in Communications and Marketing, including ongoing work on college identity, changes in website architecture, and new web page templates.

You are invited to submit a proposal that focuses on increasing student retention, such as employing high-engagement techniques, ensuring a sense of belonging for students, applying the concept of growth mindset to your interactions with students, or strengthening connections to students. Feel free to share recent changes you have made to your practices, including lessons learned, or your tried-and-true “go-to” methods.

You can present individually or as a group in any format (presentation, discussion, round table);  in fact, the session may be an opportunity to employ high engagement techniques! Only a limited number of sessions will be held this year, so please provide your brief description by June 30. Those individuals selected to present will be notified by August 1.

Please submit a proposal (not more than a paragraph) for your concurrent session presentation by responding to the following survey:

The tentative schedule for concurrent sessions is:

• Monday, September 25th:  8:30am – 10:00am
• Monday, September 25th:  10:30am – 12pm
• Tuesday, September 26th:  1pm – 2:30pm

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bayta Maring (, 206-546-6949).

Spring 2017 Campus Update #2: Friday, June 2, 2017

Join us for the Spring 2017 Campus Update #2 this Fri., June 2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the PUB Main Dining Room (9215).

Provide feedback about the Strategic Planning process and learn about the progress of the five steering committees, council, and coordinating committee that have been developing action plans and milestones for each year of the College’s Strategic Plan goals.

The Campus Update will be recorded and the link to the video provided after closed captioning is completed.

From the Human Resources Office: If you are planning to attend the Campus Updates in person, please abstain from wearing personal care products (including hair products, perfume or cologne) containing chemicals or fragrances that might impact individuals with chemical sensitivities.

Thank you.

Reminder to attend the SLECC open house: Learn, share, enjoy root beer floats, Fri., May 12

The Student Learning Experience Coordinating Committee (SLECC) has had a busy year and we invite you to join an open house all-SLECC meeting on Fri., May 12 in the PUB Quiet Dining Room, 9208. The event runs from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with spotlight sessions at 2:45 and 3:45: explore ideas and share feedback for improved website structure and content.

Come enjoy root beer floats while learning about our progress and share your feedback on:

• Enrollment Marketing
• Scheduling / Enrollment
• Website Program Navigation (Spotlight session)
• Academic Credit for Prior Learning
• Placement
• Orientation
• First-Year Experience seminar
• High-engagement practices

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