The Multicultural Student Services Program at Clover Park Technical College is committed to the development of a campus community that is equitable and inclusive. While Multicultural Student Services serves all students, we specialize in supporting students from diverse, racial, ethnic and gender backgrounds. This program is part of an interconnected network of campus stakeholders and work groups dedicated to advancing the College’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
CPTC’s Diversity Factbook indicates that there are persistent equity gaps amongst students of color in the areas of access, retention, and completion. As the College engages the campus community as part of its commitment to work towards the advancement of equitable education and the success of students from diverse racial, ethnic and gender backgrounds. The Multicultural Student Services Program is uniquely positioned to facilitate this movement to strengthen the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Multicultural Student Services Program will use an evidence-based, data-driven, high-touch approach to design high-impact practices and student-centered support programs to support the unique needs of students from diverse racial, ethnic and gender backgrounds, from the initial days on campus through program completion. The program will utilize the inclusive excellence framework, which focuses on four themes:
- Achieve access and equity for historically underrepresented groups
- Create a multicultural and inclusive climate for the entire college community
- Expand our knowledge and teaching practices around issues of diversity
- Prepare students with knowledge about diverse groups and cultures - to effectively work in a diverse society
By fall quarter 2021, Multicultural Student Services will roll out the following student success initiatives and support programs:
- Events, programming, and activities
- Peer-to-peer connections
- Student-employee mentorship
- Leadership Development
- Academic, personal, and social development
- Identity-based affinity and caucus groups
- Pre-orientation experience
Want to get involved with the Multicultural Student Services Program as a student or employee? Fill out this quick interest form and we will follow-up with you directly.
The MOSAIC (Student Access, Inclusion, and Community) Center will be an inclusive, welcoming space where students of diverse, racial, ethnic and gender backgrounds can gather and connect with other students to build affinity. The Center is also the space where white students can connect with the students to nurture allyship. The Center will also serve as a diversity resource hub and have the following amenities:
- Student Lounge
- Scholarship info & application assistance
- Campus and community resource referrals and support
- Diversity library and resources
- Commencement achievement program
The construction of the MOSAIC Center in the Student Center (Building 23) is planned for Summer 2021 with the opening of the Center scheduled for Fall Quarter 2021.
Want to learn more, ask a question or get help? Stop by the program department in the Student Center (Building 23), Room 116 or reach out to Yuko Chartraw, Program Manager:
Dear CPTC Students:
Over the past year, there have been many examples of the underlying fear and animosity that has erupted into violence toward individuals based on the color of their skin, country of origin, and/or religious or political beliefs. Our thoughts are with individuals of Asian descent who are experiencing a growing level of persecution, and with the victims of the recent mass shootings that have devastated their communities.
CPTC has support for students who are struggling.
- Asian Counseling & Referral Service
- AAPI Racial Justice Resources
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
- Asian Mental Health Collective
- Additional community resources
“To the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities: I want you to know we care about you and recognize the added stress you are facing. My hope is that at CPTC you will experience safety and support, a place where you are treated with dignity and respect. We stand with you in these difficult times, and we will stand up for you.” -President Joyce Loveday
If you or someone you know is a victim of discrimination, harassment, and bias, use A Better CPTC to report it. We investigate every submission thoroughly.
Dear Campus Community,
As a follow-up to Dr. Loveday’s e-mail last week, the Multicultural Student Services Program would like to share some resources that may assist you in helping and supporting our Black students. As Dr. Loveday wrote, the momentary relief of justice served is short for many, and with the official sentencing still forthcoming, I would like us to be prepared to support our students in case they reach out to you for help. Please share the resources below with your students or refer them to the on- and off-campus resources available.
Coping with Intense Emotions and Anxiety
- Washington Counselors of Color
- Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
- Facing Anxiety (Video)
- Call BlackLine
- Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma
- Grief is a Social Justice Issue
- Community Healing Network
- Anti-Racism Resources for Black Individuals and Communities
- Resources for Black Healing
- Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week
- Therapy for Black Girls Podcast
Resources for Difficult Dialogues
- Racism & Mental Health Resources (DES)
- Racism Hurts Everyone: Addressing This Public Health Crisis in Pierce County
- Tacoma Urban League
- King County Equity Now Campaign
Resources for White Students
- Anti-Racism Resources for White Individuals and Communities
- Talking about Race - Being Anti-Racist
- White Ally Toolkit
- A Call to Action: Recommendations for How White Applies Can Truly Support Black People
- Becoming an Anti-Racist White Ally: How a White Affinity Group Can Help
Learn More about Racial Trauma and the Damaging Effect of Racism
- Racism and Mental Health Mental Health America
- Racial Trauma Mental Health America
- Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
- Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture, and Community
- Facing the Divide: Psychology's Conversation on Race and Health
- Racial Trauma and Self-Care in Tragedy
Lastly, as Dr. Loveday wrote in the e-mail, please let your students know that “CPTC continues to denounce all acts of racism and hate on our campuses and in society. We will continue to work to hold ourselves accountable to pursue equity, peace, and justice for all. Our hope is that at CPTC every person will experience safety and support, a place where they are treated with dignity and respect. We commit to advancing racial equity and disrupting racism within ourselves.”
Thank you for continuing to support our students of color in their success and well-being.