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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

DEI Council Mission Statement

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Clatsop Community College

The DEI Council at Clatsop Community College leads and advises efforts to cultivate a culture that examines and disrupts the negative impacts of power, privilege, and oppression while deliberately promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion to foster an environment of belonging for all students.

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What is DEI?


Diversity, in this context, refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences, including by not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, ability, religion, political affiliation, socio-economic status, language, age, and disability. The DEI Council endorses intentional efforts and conscious practices to appreciate difference, prevent discrimination and aim for representation at all levels of organizational leadership and decision-making.



Fair and just practices and policies that ensure all campus community members can thrive successfully in the academic environment. This includes equitable access to resources, networks, education & opportunities that support each individual to achieve their academic and/or career goals. We seek to dismantle systems of oppression by acknowledging and examining structural inequalities–historic and current–that advantage some and disadvantage others.



Inclusion is active, intentional and results in all members feeling respected and able to participate and achieve their potential. At Clatsop Community College, we achieve excellence through diversity, equity and Inclusion.


Evolving Areas of Focus


Updates on Work That Our DEI Council is Taking Toward a More Inclusive Campus

Please see our recent newsletter

Equity Lens

The DEI Council equates our commitment to “shared governance” as achievable through adherence to the HECC’s Equity Lens.

North Coast Inclusion Seminar

North Coast Inclusion Seminar: Advancing Equity in Education
Photo by: Trav Williams Broken Banjo Photography
North Coast Inclusion Seminar 2022: Held at Camp Kiwanilong with keynote speaker Donovan Scribes, award winning writer & speaker & 2nd President of the Portland NAACP
North Coast Inclusion Seminar 2023: Held at Clatsop Community College with keynote speaker Keith Jones, disability rights activist, hip hop artist & filmmaker
Event Mission
This conference was funded through a grant from the Regional Educator Network. The event provides educators and community leaders a place to engage in inclusive and equitable conversations, hopefully creating momentum from performative solutions to true action. It’s an opportunity to network with other attendees and learn from breakout presenters who are leaders in equity work county wide, statewide and even nationwide. To engage in this work is to embrace that:
  • learning about others and centering the lived experiences of those who our systems were not designed for,

  • understanding and honoring intersectionality in order to develop self-reflective and equitable practices, 

  • engaging within a community where the equal worth of inherent dignity of each person is honored.

This event brings together voices from a variety of academic disciplines and communities. Please use this as a tool for “shaking up” our current system to make it welcoming and accessible for all of us – especially those furthest from power and privilege.

It is designed to benefit our community.

This event was co-created by Jenni Newton, Ph.D. SEL Coordinator Astoria School District & Heather Douglas, DEI Director at Clatsop Community College

Land Acknowledgement

We are on Native Land. Clatsop Community College respectfully acknowledges that our campus rests on the traditional lands of the Chinook Indian nation who have cared for these lands and waters since time immemorial, and continue to do so today. The DEI Council is continually examining this relationship, seeking to move past performative statements like this one and into actions that support all of our Native populations on campus and beyond.

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