Diversity Equity and Inclusion

“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring.” – Catherine Pulsifer

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Governance. Purpose. Function

The Bates Technical College Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee serves as a governing body responsible for promoting and fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our college community. Its purpose is to assist in the creation and implementation of policies, programs, and initiatives that support equitable opportunities and outcomes for all individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, or any other characteristic. The function of the committee is to establish measurable goals, monitor progress, and make recommendations for continuous improvement to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion remain a hallmark of BTC culture.

DEI Strategic Priorities

  1. Addressing disparities in enrollment and retention rates among underrepresented student populations.
  2. Increasing representation and retention of faculty, staff, and administrators from historically marginalized groups.
  3. Creating and promoting inclusive and culturally responsive curricula and learning environments.
  4. Develop partnerships with community organizations to support diverse student populations and promote equity.
  5. Regularly conducting and analyzing climate surveys to assess the experiences of students, faculty, and staff in relation to diversity and inclusion.
  6. Implementing systems for accountability and transparent communication around diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and progress.
  7. Providing ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff around issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  8. Increasing access to and funding for support services and resources for underrepresented students.

Letter from President Lin Zhou

Dr. Lin Zhou – President & CEO of Bates Technical College

Bates Technical College is committed to cultivating a campus climate and a workforce that welcomes people of all backgrounds. As a woman of color and immigrant, I understand how important diversity, equity and inclusion are to the Bates Technical College community. Because of this commitment to DEI, my goal is for Bates Technical College to be free from all forms of discrimination, a place where everyone feels welcome, and where opinions are respected. The creation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office is an important step to address these matters and to help achieve this goal.

The Factbook, developed by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, is where we will publish retention, completion and placement success rates for demographics and various group memberships at the college. This work will allow us to understand variances and discrepancies in the data and help us learn and improve student outcomes.

As a public educational institution, we provide opportunities for everyone, and as a leader, it’s my responsibility to ensure that people with diverse opinions, perspectives, backgrounds and experiences can thrive at Bates Technical College. While much work still lies ahead, I look forward to the accomplishments of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office and DEI Committee, whose dedicated members will help to further strengthen our community.

Dr. Lin Zhou
President, Bates Technical College


Niraj SwamiMichelle EarthwrightKatri Rahkonen Ex-Officio
Brianne KnudsonSheron RogersMarcus Harvey Ex-Officio
Madeleine KiuttuLeah ThompsonLin Zhou Ex-Officio
Michael CabreraAdrian BentonJon Bolas Ex-Officio
Evelyn PanayiWyatt Simmons
Sarah BenaventeMaylea Warbenjagermanjensen


Resources and Additional Information

Coming Soon

T’wina Nobles Young Professionals Scholarship

The T’wina Nobles Young Professionals Scholarship is awarded to students of color who wish to participate in community leadership opportunities. Bates Technical College students of color can apply for a $2,500 scholarship, made possible through a partnership with the Tacoma Urban League. The college joins other Pierce County public two-year community and technical colleges to offer this scholarship to students of color ages 20-40, who are interested in taking on an active leadership role in their community. Students who receive the scholarship are invited to attend the annual Tacoma Empowerment Awards event.

For more information about the Tacoma Urban League, go to The Tacoma Urban League. To apply for this scholarship, please contact the Bates Foundation at foundation@batestech.edu.

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Bates Scholarship

This Bates Foundation-funded scholarship supports BIPOC students at Bates. For more information, please contact the Bates Foundation at foundation@batestech.edu.