Student Services VP recognized for advancing multicultural student services

Yoshiko Harden received the Rhonda Coates Award at the recent Students of Color Conference.

Yoshiko Harden, Seattle Central’s new vice president of Student Services, received the Rhonda Coates Award from the state Multicultural Student Services Directors’ Council. The award recognizes individuals working in Washington state community and technical colleges who have made a significant difference in advancing multicultural student services.

In her position at Seattle Central, Yoshiko oversees a system that supports the learning and success of the college’s diverse student population. She previously served as the Vice President for Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer at Bellevue College, where she led college-wide initiatives that integrated diversity and equity in recruitment and hiring, educational equity training, Title IX/VAWA and bias response. Prior to this, Harden was the Director of Multicultural Services and Student Development at Highline College.