Community comes together to support re-entry students

Nearly 70 stakeholders came together last week for Seattle Central’s first community conversation of year to discuss how the college can better support students who have been impacted by incarceration.

Hosted by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the event featured a panel of re-entry alumni who shared parts of their educational journey and provided insight on how Seattle Central can build a better network of support for students currently and formerly incarcerated.

“We still have work to do as a campus and a community to ensure that we are creating a learning environment that welcomes all students from all walks of life in an inclusive environment that reduces barriers to student success,” President Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D., said. “I am grateful to our community leaders for their advocacy and work in this arena and look forward to continued partnership.”

The re-entry/prison education community is one of few community conversations that will take place this school year.