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Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council


Edmonds Community College Diversity Council provides leadership to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful community that achieves equity for all.


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council provides leadership to fulfill the College mission of strengthening our diverse community. Diversity Council is advisory to the President and President’s Cabinet in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


1. Student Success: Review and recommend proven strategies that increase access and success to reduce opportunity gaps.

2. Cultural Proficiency: Expand our learning and shared understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

3. Community Partnerships: Expand partnerships with diverse community groups in response to our mutual needs.



The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council membership may be comprised of up to twenty-one (21) employees, three (3) students, and one (1) community member. As a general guideline, members can be a representative of different employee constituency groups. Each member commits to attending all monthly meetings of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

Makeup of Membership

1 – Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement (ACCE)
2 – College Relations
1 – Community Liaison
1 – Finance and Operations
2 – Human Resources
6 – Instruction (1 Dean, 3 Faculty, 1 CID, 1 Instructional employee)
2 – International Education
1 – President's Leadership Team (Vice President)
3 – Student Services
3 – Students (1 ASEdCC Diversity Liaison, 2 Selected by ASA)
2 – Workforce
1 – Director for Equity and Inclusion (co-chair)

Commitment and Expectations:

Cultural Competence: All council members commit to participating in a Cultural Competency assessment (IDI) or an Undoing Institutional Racism (UIR) training within one year of joining the DEICouncil.

Attendance: Members commit to attend all DEIC monthly meetings and Leadership Teams (if they are also a Leadership Team (LT) member). If a member is not able to attend a meeting, they must give written or verbal notice.

If a member has missed more than three meetings without notification, a LT member will contact the member via email to see if they are interested in serving on the DEICouncil. If there is no response to LT inquiry after 2 attempts, then LT will take non-response as intent to step down from the DEICouncil.  If a member wishes to step down from the DEICouncil before their two-year term, they agree to give notice via email to the Associate Vice President for Equity and Inclusion.

Terms: Employee members serve two-year terms, not to exceed four consecutive years. Members' terms are staggered. Student members serve one-year terms not to exceed more than two years consecutively. Exceptions may be made by President's Leadership Team. Employee members who wish to serve a 2nd two-year term must go through the “Selection of Members” nomination process articulated below.

Selection of Members: Vacant positions are announced. Applications and nominations are screened by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Leadership Team. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and President's Leadership Team confirms membership.


Leadership Team (up to six members): Up to six individuals are selected from within the council membership to serve on a leadership team to provide focus and leadership for the council. The leadership team meets bi-weekly, or as needed, to help plan and organize council initiatives. One member of the Leadership Team will serve as a non-Vice-President (VP) member of the Combined Strategic Council along with the Vice-President representative on Core Theme 1: Strengthening our Diverse Community. The LT team will nominate and decide the non-VP representative for the academic year.

Principle Administrator: The Associate Vice President for Equity and Inclusion serves as the principal administrator of the council.

Co-chairs: The Associate Vice President for Equity and Inclusion serves as one of the co-chairs. A rotating co-chair may be selected by the council to serve for two academic years, unless they are a student. This position ideally rotates between a staff member, faculty member, and student.

Action Teams

Action Teams are designed for specific project-based activities and are comprised of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, campus community, and external community members. Action Team members are confirmed by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. For the 2015-2017 academic year, the Action Teams are the following:

Training Action Team: The Training and Instruction Action Team will work to promote curriculum development and provide faculty support and training in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will be responsible for expanding learning and shared understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Areas of focus include cultural proficiency for social justice trainings and the development of a rubric to measure cultural proficiency learning outcomes, collaborate on support for faculty and staff, and collaborate on training for faculty hiring committees.

Tunnel of Intersections Action Team: Tunnel of Intersections Team will work on the annual Tunnel of Intersections exhibit which features an interactive experience that examines an array of intersections our community encounters on a daily basis. In the Tunnel of Intersections, participants walk through several different interactive exhibits designed to express the experiences of marginalized groups that too often are invisible members of our community.

Queer Coalition Action Team: Queer Coalition Action Team will identify the needs and resources to support LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff and students in our community and assist in creating anti-bias training and Safe Zone Training. Queer Coalition Action Team will work closely with the DEICouncil, Equity and Inclusion Division and VP of Finance & Administration, and Director of Faciilties in creating a strategic plan to support the creation of all gender restrooms on campus, engaging the community in open forums, advising on best practices regarding bathroom conversions, and creating and implementing an educational campaign on all gender restrooms.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council meetings are held the third Thursday of each month from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council will co-host at least one quarterly meeting with internal community committees or initiatives to discuss areas of mutual needs and interests.

A quorum of half, plus one DEICouncil members are required to vote on DEICouncil business matters. A quorum of four Leadership Team is required to vote on LT business matters.   

2015-2017 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are excited to announce the approval and funding of our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, Budget, and Initiatives! This approval will mean strategic leadership and action by the Council as well as the campus as a whole through the efforts of our Action Teams.

To view the Strategic Plan and Budget, please click the link below.

2015-2017 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan 

If you are interested in being a part of one of our Action Teams please respond to the nomination (self nominations are welcomed!) form by clicking the link below or contact Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo directly at bd.decarlo@edcc.edu or 425.640.1538.

2015-2017 Council Member Information

For all Council and Action Team members, visit Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Members Site.

For quick access to the internal Council calendar of events, visit Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 2015-17 Calendar of Events.

Contact Information

Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo
Program Manager
Equity and Inclusion
Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Ave. West
Lynnwood, WA 98036-5999
bd.decarlo@edcc.edu | 425.640.1538