Diversity

We strive to be an inclusive campus.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology deeply values the diversity of our campus and community. Our commitment to the success of students and employees is exemplified by our core theme on college community: Lake Washington Institute of Technology provides a safe, supported and engaging learning environment for students and work environment for faculty and staff. 

In solidarity with our Indigenous, AAPI, Black and Brown and LGBTQIA+ communities, LWTech does not condone racist or hateful messages, behaviors, or violence in any form. We continue to support you in this cause and invite our allies and others to joins us in holding ourselves accountable to this standard.

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the LWTech campus is on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, past and present, and we honor with gratitude the land itself, and the Coast Salish, Stillaguamish, Snoqualmie, Muckleshoot and Duwamish tribes.​ We acknowledge these tribes by showing respect, and take an intentional step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture, and toward inviting and honoring the truth.

Juneteenth

College Closed on Friday, June 18th, 2021

Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth)—also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day—is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.

The Washington state Legislature has passed House Bill 1016 that makes Juneteenth a legal state holiday.

In our ongoing efforts to address and dismantle systemic racism we also recognize the importance of broadening our understanding of historical events that shape and impact the important work under way. 

The official legislation is in full effect 2022 and we have made the decision as an Institution to honor the spirit of the newly signed law in 2021.

LWTech will close on Friday June 18th as a paid holiday to honor Juneteenth and our acknowledgment of its significance. The campus will also be closed to all students, staff, and community members.

Read Full Background on Juneteenth

We Stand in Solidarity with the Black Community

Message to the College Community from President Amy Morrison: Anniversary of George Floyd's Murder

Learn More About LWTech Supporting the Black Community

Anti-Asian Sentiment

Email communication sent on March 16, 2021 to the LWTech Community

To the LWTech Community,

In partnership with our President, Executive Cabinet, Bias Response Team (BRT) & Equity Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC), we issue the following statement:

Anti-Asian rhetoric, discrimination, harassment and xenophobia has been and is a troubling and growing issue that our society has yet to truly confront. The increase in physical and emotional violence against Asian Americans is alarming and compounds the issues of inequity felt among Asian American communities during the pandemic and at other times in our country’s history.

Over the past year LWTech, has shown resilience and have come together as a community to respond to and reject the surge of hate and violence toward communities of color. Our Asian students, faculty and staff are struggling with the insidious anti-Asian hate and intolerance that continues to increase locally and nationally. LWTech condemns all forms of racism and stands in solidarity with our Asian American, Asian and Pacific Islander community members. We support them with steadfast resolve and a commitment to stand solidly at their side.

What is done to one of us is done to all of us and we “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal…” As we work to dismantle systemic racism in all its forms, we encourage each of you to remain committed to the cause of equity, resilient in the face of injustice and unified in the fight to eliminate hate. We want all who are touched by such violence and acts of hate to know that we see you, we hear you and we are you!

We have resources available for employees through the Employee Assistance Program where a professional counselor can assist you in processing the impact of these events. You can reach them toll free at (877) 313-4455. Students can find information about free short-term mental health counseling at LWTech and community counseling resources on the Counseling webpage. Students are also encouraged to connect with the RISE Center for available support resources.

Humbly,

Robert Britten
Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Additional Statements

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

For more than seven years, the faculty and staff of LWTech have engaged in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work, which led to the creation of an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan, which incorporated two years of feedback from the college community. The college then formed an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which later was moved to Council status. It also led to standing up the RISE Center (Resources for Inclusion, Support and Empowerment) with a full-time coordinator, in collaboration with the Associated Student Government. The college opened the Center for Veteran Student Success with a full-time coordinator in 2016, and began its Community of Belonging initiative in 2017. That same year, the Digital Accessibility Committee formed to align college activities and practices with digital accessibility laws, regulations, and recommended practices to ensure equal access to all members of the college community. In 2019, the college formed the Bias Response Team to provide proactive education related to hate/bias and advise college administration regarding a comprehensive response to hate/bias incidents that impact the college community. In August 2020, the college created a new position, Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and InclusionThis position reports directly to the president and work closely with executive cabinet and the campus community to move the college forward on its EDI and anti-racist efforts. 

RISE Center

The RISE Center: Resources for Inclusion, Support, and Empowerment aims to build an equitable and inclusive campus environment where all students can thrive. The Center serves as a support service for students from historically non-dominant, underrepresented, and underserved populations. Students from minoritized ethnic/racial groups, students with disabilities, first-generation college students (those who are the first in their family to attend/graduate from college), undocumented students, and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community are all welcomed here.

Usage of Preferred/Chosen Names

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) recognizes that usage of preferred/chosen  names, whenever possible, is key to creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for all students.

Primary Name: A person's name that is usually the name given at birth and recorded on the birth certificate or that has been declared the person's name by a court.

Preferred/Chosen Name: A preferred name is the use of a name, usually a first name, that is different from a person’s legal name. There are many reasons why someone may use a preferred name. While the most visible may be to reflect gender identity, other reasons why someone might use a preferred name may include shortening a first name (e.g. Steven to Steve) or to be referred to by a middle name or nickname.

For more information, visit the Primary Name webpage.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) values equality of opportunity, human dignity, racial, cultural and ethnic diversity both as an educational institution and as an employer. The college provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. The college complies with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment, educational programs and admissions, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Amendments of 2008, Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act and the state law against discrimination, chapter 49.60 RCW.

LWTech is an open enrollment college open to all persons 18 years or older or those with a High School diploma or equivalent. LWTech offers over 100 degree and certificate options in programs leading to direct employment and provides English language courses to ensure those with limited English language skills will be able to participate.

Inquiries regarding compliance procedures and complaints may be directed to the college's Affirmative Action Officer:

Meena Park
Executive Director, Human Resources
Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX and Title II Coordinator
11605 132nd AVE NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 739-8212
Washington Relay (TRS) 711

You may also use our online form to file Title IX complaints.

We are committed to promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment for LGBTQ students at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and in order to do this, we need your help!

The college will not exclude, deny the benefits of, or otherwise subject students to discrimination under any college program or activity, on the basis of disability. The college commits to giving qualified students with a documented disability equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of college services, programs, and activities, in the most integrated setting appropriate to the student's needs, consistent with federal and state law.

The college commits to giving reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids and services, to qualified students with disabilities. This policy identifies the rights and responsibilities of students under federal and state law (Section 202 of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and RCW 28B.10.910 -914) and establishes clear guidelines to seek and receive reasonable accommodations.

Title IX Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Grievance Procedures

LWTech offers multiple reporting options for members of our community facing accessibility concerns, bias, sexual harassment, and other concerns. This information can be found on our reporting webpage.