The Seattle Central Griot - Dec. 12, 2019

A message from the President

Dr. Sheila Edwards LangeThe year is coming to a close, and the temptation is always to look backwards, to reminisce about our gains and our shortcomings. I would rather take the opportunity to look forward. 

You could even call these next thoughts my New Year’s resolutions. But unlike those promises that we only keep for a few weeks, I plan to make these my personal agenda for the new year.

I plan to spend less time in my office, and more time walking the halls, meeting with students and staff, sitting in classes and events. I want a better picture of what our college looks and feels like to the people who come here.

I want to get to know our faculty better, and to hear their personal stories and experiences. One of the commendations from the accreditation team that recently visited our campus was the extraordinary efforts that our faculty undertake to support student success. I want learn more about what we can do to enable our exceptional faculty to continue this commendable work.

I plan to spend more time with our retirees and with our alumni, and to ensure that we maintain and nurture their support and their connection to our college.

I want to gain a better understanding of the role our college plays in our communities, both at our Capitol Hill neighborhood level, and in our larger city and state regions.

The coming year will be full of challenges and wonderful experiences. I look forward to sharing those with you, as we work together to build a better college and a more just and beloved community.

Happy Holidays,



student leaders pose in the Capitol in Washington DC

Youth advocacy hits DC

One America, the largest immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Washington state, took a group of Seattle Central Students to Washington DC on Nov. 13-16 to meet with members of congress and their staffers. 

The group advocated on behalf of the #Not1Dollar campaign to prevent the expense of federal funds to separate families both in our own backyards and at the border.

Seattle Central MESA students attend national conference

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, six Seattle Central College MESA students attended the 2019 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Diversity in STEM Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on Oct. 31 for the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country. 

Over the course of two days, students were exposed to cutting-edge scientific research and professional development sessions, motivational keynote speakers, a graduate school and career expo, multicultural celebrations, and an inclusive and welcoming community of peers, mentors, and role models that reflected our students’ identities.

 a sign in the gallery exhibit describes the fashion styles of the clothes on display

Fashion on display

The School of Apparel Design & Development collaborated with Ken Matsudaira in the M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery and Jill Nickles in Human Resources to create the display “Changing Times: 20th Century Fashion.” 

The exhibit walked the viewer through elements of each decade of 20th century fashion and on the human relations, social influences and cultural ideals that have influenced the silhouettes and garments. 

a picture of the Capitol Hill's Station House under construction

Commute to work in seconds

Seattle Colleges will be hosting an open house with Capitol Hill Housing, to share information about affordable housing opportunities at the new Station House Housing that is opening across from Seattle Central College next year. 

The open house will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at BE 1110.
The Station House opens in March 2020 and will feature 110 affordable apartments co-located with the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station in the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The application process starts Jan. 7, 2020 at 9 a.m.. Visit Capitol Hill Housing’s website for more details.

two students smile after a scholarship ceremony. One holds up the program from the event

Year-end gifts help students to succeed

As you prepare your year-end contributions to nonprofit and service organizations, please consider making a donation to the Seattle Colleges Foundation Impact Fund.

Every dollar raised will help provide flexible funding to ensure quality, affordable education for determined students. Your tax deductible donation will help to bridge the costs of college that are often not covered by other sources of support. They also ensure that our college plays a key role in making Seattle a place of opportunity for all. 

Visit to contribute.


Faculty member Marjorie Richard and BTS Director La Shonda Lipscomb were accepted as fellows to the 2019 Digital Pedagogy Lab in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to present a workshop on Queering the Curriculum. La Shonda Lipscomb was also invited to be on the closing panel to discuss the importance of critical pedagogy and of making the conference more diverse and inclusive of faculty and students.