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Welcome to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion – College Access, Retention, and Engagement Services (EDI CARES)

What is EDI CARES?

The Pierce College District is committed to being an anti-racist institution; to truly be anti-racist we must work deliberately to eliminate barriers that have prevented the most promising and capable students from entering and thriving in college. We work to ensure that every student in the Pierce College District feels valued, respected, and inspired to achieve their goals. We provide a brave space for Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ/QTPOC, students with disabilities, and all students to seek refuge, and an opportunity for them to cultivate their strengths, intelligence, resilience, and creativity.

Who are we?

EDI CARES staff serve all students of Pierce College through multiple support programs and engagement services. Meet the EDI CARES team and learn more about what we do.

What do we do?

The CARES office is a collection of institutional and grant supported programs, that when combined, allow us to empower all students from their first steps on campus to graduation.  We offer the following support and opportunities for engagement to all students:

  • CA: College Access. We are the gateway to Pierce College. We create access by using our community engagement programs, pathways programs, and grant programs to recruit new students into our wonderful college. We work to eliminate hurdles that prevent many students from starting college.
  • R: Retention. We provide holistic student support and retention. We are here to support students academically, professionally, and personally. We work collaboratively with other offices and departments on campus to ensure students have what they need to strive for and achieve excellence.
  • E: Engagement. We do all things engagement. We engage our diverse communities outside and inside of our college. We engage our students with endless leadership opportunities to develop themselves personally, academically, and professionally.  We believe that authentic engagement is critical to increasing a student's sense of belonging to the campus environment.
  • S: Services. We are a bridge builder helping to connect our students with resources they need to be empowered and successful. We have grant focused services and focused affinity supports.

Who do we serve?

Every student that needs us. Our services are inclusive, and we believe there is a place for everyone in the EDI CARES office.

Our Humble Beginnings

Since 2001, TRIO Student Support Services program has supported 160 students a year, serving as the lighthouse for our region's first generation students, income-eligible students and students with a documented disability. Our vision has always been to serve more promising students who desire social support, and a community where they can showcase and cultivate their identity, personal, academic and personal development. We believe that every student who enters our community is destined for greatness.  

With this strong foundation, our College Access and Retention programs have grown from one to nine programs serving over 4,000 students within the past seven years. The EDI CARES Office is now the home of multicultural student services, student life engagement and an oasis where all our students learn in an empowering community, build long lasting relationships, and thrive in their journey to know their purpose in completion of their degrees.  

Why must we grow and scale our work?

From our humble beginnings, radical hope and belief, and an institutional commitment to providing equitable learning opportunities to diverse populations has been instrumental in our progress and growth. We've learned to constantly push for the impossible, and we know this can be achieved through intentional collective action, accountability in love and service to one's self, family, and community. We must grow because our students and staff need us to grow.

Student Empowerment Programs

Grant Programs

Cultural Affinity Programs

  • James Baldwin's Scholars: Black/African and African American
  • Legacy of Indigenous Native Knowledge Program (LINK)
  • LATINE/LATINX Student supports

Student Engagement

  • Legacy of Excellence Student Ambassador's program
  • Student Life and Engagement, Student Government, student activities and clubs

Student Resource Programs

Contact Us Today!

If you have previously met with an EDI CARES staff member, please email to schedule a current student check-in with your retention manager.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, College Access, Retention, and Engagement Services

9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999

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