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Diversity Committee

Clover Park Technical College welcomes, values and respects the differences and commonalities of all people. We demonstrate commitment to diversity and equity by celebrating our differences and treating everyone with fairness and respect.

Diversity Committee Members

Diversity Committee Members

CPTC's Diversity Committee

  • Rae Baghirov - Committee Chair
  • Sheli Sledge - Past Chair
  • Cherie Steele - Recorder
  • Lisa Fortson
  • Michele Jones
  • Joylene Perez
  • Marla Briggs
  • Yuko Chartraw
  • Kirk Walker
  • Lisa Plair
  • Claire Gorenstein
  • Brenda McKinney
  • Melissa McMahill
  • Julie Lancour
  • Judy Loveless-Morris
  • ASG Student Representatives

Diversity Committee Meetings & Membership

The Diversity Committee is open to new members interested in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month (excluding June, September, and December) from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Please contact the Committee Chair for location details if you wish to join us.

Diversity Training & Support

The CPTC Diversity Committee would love to partner with faculty and staff to empower students! Please contact us to organize a workshop, panel presentation, discussion session, or special class, led or co-facilitated by the Diversity Committee staff members and/or Ethnic Student Engagement Committee. We have a variety of workshop activities available to choose from or we can work with you to help debrief a topic your class is studying either during your class period or as a separate session. Please contact the Committee Chair for more information.

On Campus Diversity Resources

The CPTC Diversity Committee recognizes a wide range of diverse students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. We strive to provide up to date resources for our community. 

All Gender Restrooms

Clover Park Technical College offers all-gender restrooms at various locations on our Lakewood campus. These restrooms are intended for individual use, or for individuals requiring the assistance of another person. They are private and lockable.

Lakewood Campus:

  • Building 3, near the Rotunda
  • Building 19, 1st floor near room 107
  • Building 23, near the SLSC

South Hill Campus:

at this time, there are no all-gender restrooms available at the South Hill campus.

In the Community:

Refuge Restrooms can provide the location of nearby all-gender restrooms with user experience, information about accessibility, and commentary on how friendly these restrooms are.

How to use a Preferred Name at CPTC

Preferred names indicate the name a student wishes to use that differs from their legal name on legal documents and student records. CPTC supports an inclusive learning environment that allows students to go by a preferred name that may differ from their legal first name. This preferred name will appear instead of the student’s legal name in the class roster. Preferred names, unfortunately, are not currently visible in Canvas, MyCC, or in the student database used by college staff and administrators. In addition, records such as paychecks or financial aid, as well as academic records (transcripts) that require the use of a legal name, will not change to the preferred first name. The college is currently working to expand its capabilities in this area. Campus departments are encouraged to utilize preferred first name in their business practices whenever possible. You can update a preferred name at any time by visiting enrollment services. All legal name changes can also be updated through the office of enrollment.

External Diversity Resources

The CPTC Diversity Committee recognizes the wide range of diverse students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members served by the college. Below is a list of external resources available to various diverse communities. If you have additional resources that may be of assistance to others, please contact us at diversity@cptc.edu

The Diversity Committee at Clover Park Technical College conducted a survey to assess impressions of faculty, staff, and students about the current levels of diversity on campus and about the importance of creating and maintain a diverse campus. The following is a summary of some of the information gained from the survey.

In what ways, if any, do you think the College is currently supporting diversity?

  • Clover Park is a welcome College open to anyone who wants to learn!
  • By allowing all races, ages, gender & ethnicities have an opportunity for education
  • Lack of any kind of prejudice tells me that diversity is being supported, in that nothing is holding anyone back, other than one’s own actions
  • I don’t know if the college is supporting diversity, but the college is definitely diverse

What diversity activities/trainings would you like to see occur for CPTC faculty and staff?

  • Mandatory diversity training for all new employees; retroactive training for current employees
  • Activities that promote awareness of learning styles, disabilities, and cultural differences
  • Workshops to promote cultural competency and diversity implementation
  • Something that explains what diversity is and how to work with a diverse group of people

What diversity activities/training would you like to see occur for our CPTC students?

  • Events, presentations similar to those available during Black History Month
  • Learning disabilities screening for students
  • Cultural intelligence and generational diversity workshops
  • Activities that would allow people from all ethnic groups to meet together and learn more about other ethnic groups from around the world

Contact Us

Email the Diversity Committee