The Inclusive Excellence Steering Committee is looking for new members

The Inclusive Excellence Steering Committee is looking for new members!

The main goals of the committee for 2019-2020 are as follows:

*Provide recommendations for a job description for the new DEI position.

*Provide recommendations for an Inclusive Excellence framework and scorecard that can be implemented at Shoreline.

*Learn about best practices for implementing Inclusive Excellence frameworks, via online research, site visits, connecting with colleagues, and/or attending relevant conferences.

The committee may additionally be asked to provide support to other entities on campus, such as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Team, for Day of Learning and other programming.

The anticipated time commitment is anticipated to be no more than 2-4 additional hours per month, which includes some subcommittee work and the following two-hour meetings:

December 12, 2:30-4:30
January 9, 2:30-4:30
February 13, 2:30-4:30
March 12, 2:30-4:30
April 9, 2:30-4:30
May 7, 2:30-4:30
June 11, 2:30-4:30

Interested? Complete the Steering Committee application.

Want to learn more or meet us before you commit? Bring your lunch and join us for a Q&A/lunch & learn on Wednesday, December 12th from 12:00-1:00 PM in the PUB #9208.  Get to know more about the current committee members and our goals for the year.

Message from President Roberts: Update on temporary appointment for the VP of Business & Administrative Services position

Dear Campus Community,

My sincerest appreciation to all involved with the process over the course of the past few weeks related to the temporary appointment for Vice President for Business & Administrative Services (VP-B&AS) position. Unfortunately, we were not able to make a successful hire for this position.

We will continue to look at options for filling the VP-B&AS position going forward and will keep the campus apprised.

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

Ecological Integrity Survey Results

Thank you to all who participated in the Ecological Integrity Survey during winter quarter. The results show strong interest among our campus community in sustainability-related curriculum, an expanded composting program, and more sustainable dining options. Below is a list of the key results. For a full summary of survey results, please download and review the Ecological Integrity Employee Survey the Ecological Integrity Student Survey and the combined staff, faculty, and student powerpoint.

• About 600 students (about 10%) and 300 employees (about 40%) responded to the survey.
• Most students (about 80%) did not think they had taken a course or participated in activities related to sustainability, but almost 80% were interested.
• Most students (over 62%) and employees (over 75%) agreed about the importance of curriculum related to sustainability.
• Students and employees shared interest in climate change.
• Students also showed interest in the relationship between power, privilege, economics and the environment (note: that’s the 3 E’s!).
• Students showed interest in our campus as a living laboratory for learning, with highest interest in food and dining, waste, air & climate, energy, and transportation.
• Employees showed interest in learning about recycling/composting, climate change, and the natural world/conservation.
• Faculty showed interest in using campus as a living laboratory to explore topics like waste, transportation, public engagement, air & climate, energy, and food & dining.
• While only 5-8% of students plan a major or career related to sustainability, a strong majority felt it was an important topic of study.
• Over 40% of students and 50% of employees put food waste in garbage with over 80% of both groups saying that they would compost more if there were more bins.
• Most students and employees were willing to pay more for sustainable dining options including locally-produced food and compostable cutlery.
• About 80% of employees and about 45% of students reported they drive alone to the college. Improved bus access to campus, bus subsidies, and assistance coordinating carpools were listed as the most effective incentives toward alternative forms of transportation.

All results from the Ecological Integrity Survey will be used to inform priorities for recommendations to the Executive Team.

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