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Work Plan Summary

Activity 1:  Diversity within the Community and Technical Colleges System – Recovering and Eliminating Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) new vision statement, “Leading with racial equity, our colleges maximize student potential and transform lives within a culture of belonging that [...]

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Strategic Planning Summary

Our Center had its Strategic Planning Session this year in a span of four meetings with its Advisory Board members, Senior Fellows, and staff members. We would like to thank Mark Todd who facilitated our sessions and helped format the structure of the meetings, which provided a wonderful and [...]

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Congratulations Graduates of 2020

Congratulations Graduates of 2020 By Kellie Hale Being in a graduating class for 2020 has been a tumultuous time. None of us expected the current events to such a huge impact on our daily routines or scheduled plans (e.g. graduation ceremonies). I am a part of the graduating class [...]

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Mental Wellness and Resiliency

Mental Wellness and Resiliency: Adjusting to Life and Addressing Challenges During Uncertain Times By Ryann Leonard, PhD Feeling fatigued? More impatient than normal? Are you finding it hard to balance working from or just being at home? You are not alone. These are all signs that your mental wellness [...]

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The National Center for Campus Public Safety

The National Center for Campus Public Safety's (NCCPS or the National Center) mission is to bring together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of the nation's colleges and universities.

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COVID-19 – What You Can Do to Help

What you can do The State of Washington is seeking to fill shortages of specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products. The Department of Health is supporting enrollment and activation of emergency volunteer health practitioners for the COVID-19 response. There's a vital need for blood donors right now. [...]

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Safe Start Washington

Safe Start Washington Governor Jay Inslee, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, has established a data-driven approach to reopen Washington and modify physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. This approach reduces the risk of COVID-19 to Washington’s most vulnerable populations and preserves [...]

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Emergency Management Once Removed by Jim Mullen

Jim Mullen has spent three decades in emergency management, including 12 years at the local level as director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management and 8 and a half years as Washington State’s Emergency Management Division Director. Jim retired from state service in March 2013. Jim also served as President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) from January 2011 to October 2012. He is currently sole proprietor of “EM Northwest Consulting” based in Seattle.

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When Disruption Becomes the New Normal

When Disruption Becomes the New Normal: Resilience and Connection within the Education Community By Kellie Hale Community colleges and universities across the state of Washington have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, instructors were ordered to move their classes online so students could complete their course [...]

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Peter Rekers Interview: Public Information in the COVID-19 Era

Peter Rekers Interview: Public Information in the COVID-19 Era By Alexander Lee-Rekers Interviewer: To begin with, can you briefly outline your areas of expertise? Peter Rekers: I am an Australian-based crisis and disaster consultant with extensive real-world experience. My first experience in emergency was as a volunteer firefighter in [...]

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On Keeping A Grip

On Keeping A Grip May 22, 2020 By Jim Mullen This topic is challenging for an untrained layman (like me). Still, expressing oneself is said to be therapeutic. Here goes: In 2005, as the survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita found refuge in other states, Washington State began to [...]

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