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Faculty and Staff Involvement

SFCC Colloquium

Faculty Involvement

Faculty and Staff continue to be involved with the SFCColloquium which is scheduled on Wednesday's from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM and funded primarily from S&A Cultural Series, Speaker's Series and various Club accounts. This collaborative venture between the various Instructional Departments and the Associated Students Activities Board enhances the educational and multicultural experience for the entire college community.

SFCC Films Collection

Diversity films covering a broad array of topics are periodically added to the SFCC collection. The following films were added to SFCC's collection under the auspices of a Faculty Development cultural diversity grant. Visit the SFCC Library to view the films.

  • Telling It Like It Is: Reflections on Cultural Diversity (1996 - 62 minutes)
  • Bill Cosby on Prejudice (1972 - 25 minutes)
  • Better Together Than A-P-A-R-T Intercultural Communication: An Overview, (1996 - 62 minutes)
  • Intercultural Communications (30 minutes)
  • Africans in America , WGBH-TV (1998 - 4 hrs)

Historical Overview

In November 1999 SFCC sent a 5-person team to the "Critical Moments" workshop sponsored by Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education. This workshop focused on the development and teaching of case stories that would reflect critical events in the educational experience of our "special populations" of students. SFCC's team consisted of Rich Tucker (Assoc. Dean/Student Services), Adriana Bishop (Physical Science faculty), Robert Schroeder (Library faculty), Barb Williamson (Communications faculty), and a student.

In May 1997 SFCC participated in the "Multicultural Efforts Project, Round III", also sponsored by the Washington Center. A two-day retreat was held at Spokane's Bozarth Center for the six community colleges on the east side of the state.

Leadership Involvement

Dr. Mark Palek, SFCC President
Dr. Mark Palek
SFCC President

In addition to the information detailed in the Faculty Involvement page, SFCC sends members of its staff to seminars and encourages other efforts toward achieving our diversity goals. Among them:

  • SFCC sent a 10-member team to the Washington Center sponsored "Campus Equity & Engagement Planning Retreat," on Feb. 12 & 13, 2004 at the Dumas Bay Retreat Centre in Federal Way, WA. SFCC's Multicultural/Diversity Steering Committee completed its strategic plan for Fall 2003 quarter's accreditation visit and this planning retreat was very timely, in that the team members attending were able to focus on "action planning" for implementation of the multicultural/diversity plan, as well as brainstorming allocation recommendations for the budget that has been allotted for this strategic plan.

    The team will also review and develop implementation planning for the Diversity Assessment Framework tool that has been developed by the state community college multicultural student service directors and staff from the SBCTC, for use here at SFCC.

SFCC's focus continues to be:

  • Evaluating and improving "Campus Climate".
  • Infusing the various curricula with cultural pluralism.
  • Continuing to bring culturally diverse co-curricular programs and activities to our campus.

SFCC's Multicultural/Diversity Strategic Plan

Campus Climate
SFCC Leadership Liason
(Vice President of Student Services)
Mark Palek (SFCC President)
Pam Praeger (Vice President of Learning)
(Vice President of Student Services)
Mark Palek (SFCC President)

Cultural Pluralism Team

SFCC Students

The recommendations presented for SFCC's curriculum transformation with respect to diversity were developed by the Cultural Pluralism Team of Spokane Falls. The momentum for curriculum transformation began during SFCC's accreditation process in 1993 and continued into the critical dialogs emerging from our college involvement in the Washington Center's Cultural Pluralism Project.

An important purpose of the Team was to look inside and outside the college community to:

  • Identify activities, programs and strategies that work well.
  • Examine the content and processes of other colleges and universities which have undergone curriculum transformation in the area of cultural diversity.
  • Discuss SFCC's institutional climate in terms of readiness for change.

Additionally, as the Team studied curriculum transformation models, it became apparent the impressive number of colleges and universities across the state and nation who have, or are designing curricula to incorporate the plurality of cultures worldwide and, increasingly, within the United States.

Curricular transformation involves faculty development and collaboration. The SFCC Cultural Pluralism Team, supported by the college administration, believes the future level of achievement in this area will require the vision and expertise which results from such collaboration among our various instructional departments. SFCC faculty have formally adopted four abilities which are being taught across the college curriculum, one of which is World View. The World View ability ensures that diversity issues will be taught and discussed across the SFCC curriculum. The curriculum approval process ensures these outcomes will be addressed and assessed.

Exemplary Program at SFCC in Curriculum Transformation

The Communications Department is the largest department at Spokane Falls with twenty-five full time and approximately 25 adjunct faculty teaching in the seven disciplines that form the department: English, Developmental Education (English and Reading), Journalism, Drama, Foreign Languages, Speech, and Humanities. Because of the breadth and nature of course offerings, the department has been a focus of curriculum transformation that promotes college diversity efforts. An in-depth examination of this department's efforts provides evidence of the implementation of some of Spokane Falls' most ambitious strategies to have the curriculum and the instructional program support diversity.

As a result of faculty participation in the Washington Center's diversity project, four new courses have been introduced into the curriculum:

  • African Literature and Culture (offered 3 times)
  • Native American Literature and Culture (offered 3 times)
  • Hispanic Literature and Culture (offered for the first time Spring 1999)
  • Literature by Women (offered twice)
The Future of Life, 2006 Core Book

One of these courses is offered each quarter, often paired with composition in a learning community open to 40 students. The department offers three sections of Intercultural Communications each quarter. In addition, the department has added a Humanities 223 (Classic International Cinema) and Humanities 224 (Contemporary Global Cinema). Faculty in literature have significantly changed curriculum to reflect a canon that incorporates writing by people of color and women.

The College's Core Book Project is in its seventh year. The project's goal is to increase reading across campus by selecting one or more books that could be incorporated into classes across disciplines.

Members of the Communications Department are active in all college assessment activities including the World View Ability Group that promotes students' awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. Faculty in the Communications Department were important organizers of the Tibet Teach-in that exposed SFCC students to Tibet culture, history, politics, and religion over three days in April 2000. The teach-in touched over 500 students in classes as different as literature and gerontology. Faculty incorporated content about Tibetan life into their classes and assignments. Student writing about Tibet has been collected and was assessed not only for the quality of the composition, but also for insights into the students' knowledge and appreciation of cultures with different world views.

Implementation of Systemic Change

The SFCC Cultural Team's work resulted in three recommendations that are felt to be central to a complete education for Spokane Falls' students:

  1. Establish course requirements in the area of American Ethnic Studies.
  2. Establish at least four new, full-time tenured faculty positions in American Ethnic Studies.
  3. Increase financial support for faculty development in the area of cultural pluralism.

These recommendations are viewed as the initial stage of a project which will require an unwavering institutional commitment in order to overcome the barriers and resistance to deep, systemic change. Strong, unyielding leadership is requested from the SFCC Administrative team so that we can develop and follow a systematic and comprehensive plan, with short and long-term goals.

Mission Statement

The CCS Equity Council fosters an inclusive environment, promotes all types of diversity and serves as a support network for the CCS community.

The CCS Equity Council organization is a collaborative body that offers a means of bringing together CCS staff who can voice opinions on prevailing issues that affect CCS.

By acting as a resource group providing input to CCS, this organization serves the community as a support mechanism for the promotion of understanding, acceptance and valuing of all cultures. The CCS Equity Council hopes to achieve an appreciation of the richness of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity and the many contributions that have been made, and will continue to be made, by diverse groups throughout the history of this nation.

The CCS Equity Council organization is fully recognized by the board of Trustees as a district organization devoted to the achievement of this vision. The CCS Equity Council serves as an advisory committee to District 17's Board of Trustees via the Chief Executive Officer, and also to the community of Spokane.

From Accreditation 2003, one of SFCC's core values and goals is to encompass diversity in our students, faculty, staff and community in the belief that it enriches our learning and growth.

Goals of the CCS Equity Council

  • To be recognized as an advisory council to the board of Trustees through the CEO of CCS District #17.
  • To be a resource to the existing units within CCS as they work to enhance their diversity.
  • To have CCS Equity Council representatives serve on screening and hiring committees for CCS.
  • To recruit for and serve as speakers or presenters for classes, seminars, workshops, etc.
  • To promote better understanding of dominant and non-dominant cultural differences and similarities.
  • To mentor non-dominant culture employees by participation in established mentoring programs.
  • To promote and encourage diversity training opportunities.
  • To be a catalyst to prepare others, especially students, to live in a global world of diversity.

Deccio Excellence in Equity Award

The Deccio Excellence in Equity Award is an award in memory of Garry Deccio. Deccio was an instructor in the Human Services area at SFCC who devoted his life to providing local community support services for families in distress and modeling his commitment to equity through fairness, dignity and respect for others. In Gary's memory, CCS initiated an annual award to recognize a member of the CCS community who has furthered the cause of equity and diversity. The award is presented each year at the District Fall Conference.

The Award is based on three (3) criteria:

  1. A demonstrated commitment to the principles of equality and respect for others in the nominee's public and personal life.
  2. A commitment to fostering an appreciation for diversity and the strengths it brings to CCS; and
  3. A commitment to the mission of CCS "to provide a quality, multi-cultural, comprehensive, student-centered education and life-long learning opportunities accessible to all individuals who can benefit."

Past SFCC Recipients of the Deccio Award

Rhosetta Rhodes - 2005
Heather Keast - 2004
Jan Swinton - 1998
Pat Nasburg - 1996
Diane Lloyd - 1995
Denise Osei - 1994

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