Highline College wins Equity Award from WA State Association of College Trustees

Late last week, Highline College’s Board of Trustees and President Jack Bermingham were awarded the 2016 Equity Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees.

This award recognizes their commitment to achieving equity in the development, administration and delivery of educational programs and services.

“Highline College’s commitment to diversity and equity is reflected in the Board of Trustees’ Cultural Diversity Policy, the college’s mission statement, and the college’s institutional-effectiveness metrics,” reads an announcement. “Led by President Dr. Jack Bermingham, the college’s daily commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice manifests itself in services, innovations, and programming that meet diverse needs. The college community celebrates diversity and promotes equity through events like Unity in Diversity Week, LGBTQIA Month, and the Faculty and Staff of Color and Allies reception.”

In a letter supporting the nomination, Ruth Windhover, Ph.D., a tenured Highline faculty member and president of the Highline College Education Association, said:

“Highline College serves a very diverse community with a wide range of income, varying educational backgrounds, and over 80 languages spoken. The college has a very strong record of promoting educational equity for our community and the administrative leadership and the Board of Trustees have ensured that it is a part of the institutional culture.

Faculty see the college’s focus on equity manifested in curriculum, student supports, programming, services, and administration. At present, many of these aspects of our equity work are such an integral part of Highline’s operations that [we] forget that they are a product of collaborative approach between college leadership and employees to meet the needs of our community.”

This statewide award follows recent national recognition of Highline’s board and president when they won the 2016 Award of Excellence given by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In April, the AACC recognized the exemplary collaboration and working relationship of the college’s five-member board and President Bermingham. More about that award can be found here: highline.edu/aacc-award-2016.

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