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Diversity & Social Justice at OC

Land Acknowledgement

A Land Acknowledgement is a statement recognizing and respecting Native People as traditional guardians of the land and the enduring relationship between the Native Peoples and their traditional territories.

Olympic College honors and acknowledges that the land on which we meet, learn, and work is the aboriginal territory of the People of the Clear Salt Waters, specifically the Suquamish and Duwamish Tribes (for OC Bremerton and OC Poulsbo) and the Squaxin Island and Skokomish Tribes (for OC Shelton).

We also acknowledge and appreciate the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land today.

We pay our respects to the People of the Clear Salt Waters and their Elders—past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge the important role the Suquamish and Duwamish Tribes (for OC Bremerton and OC Poulsbo) and the Squaxin Island and Skokomish Tribes (for OC Shelton) continue to play within the People of the Clear Salt Waters’ territory.

Thank you to OC Multicultural Services and Valarie St. Pierre-Hodge, President of the Native American and Indigenous Student Club, for allowing this adaption of their land acknowledgment. 


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at OC

Olympic College is committed to social justice so our campus, our community, and our world is a place of equity and inclusion for everyone, including groups of people who have far too often encountered exclusion rather than inclusion. The pages of this guide are intended for the entire Olympic College campus community. You will find:

  • General introductory information
  • Links to OC-specific support
  • Research starting points and instructor resources

Please email regarding any concerns, questions, or suggestions.

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    Check out these resources!

 Equity and Inclusion Events at OC

 Equity & Inclusion Toolkit



Presidential Statement on Equity

In an increasingly polarized world, we must ensure that our learning and working environments are safe, welcoming, and conducive to the success of our diverse community. In addition to enhancing our prevention and response to illegal discrimination and harassment, we must address bias, bullying and incivility that undermines student and employee engagement and productivity. We have a shared responsibility to maintain a climate characterized by inclusion and respect, in which all members of the campus community feel valued and empowered to contribute the best of themselves.

We are the beneficiaries of the courageous work of many colleagues, past and present, who have helped to sow the seeds of diversity, equity and inclusion at Olympic College. By strengthening the alignment of our people, policies and processes, and by leveraging our shared values, we will advance and reap the benefits of their efforts and ensure the viability of the College long into the future.

President Marty Cavalluzzi

Read the full statement on the OC website.


Many thanks to OC's Vice-President for Equity and Inclusion, Diversity Advisory Council, Multicultural Services, Office of International Education, Military and Veterans Programs, Access Services, the Center for Learning Innovation, Resource Center, and the Student Government of Olympic College for their guidance and suggestions in the creation of this resource.

DSJ Graduation Requirement

Olympic College requires students to complete 5 credits in Diversity& Social Justice (DSJ) approved coursework. The world is increasingly diverse and examining power, difference, and equity is an essential part of education. 

Learn more on the OC website- Diversity and Social Justice Requirement