2018 Summer Institute

Would you like to make it easier for your all of your students to access the digital materials in your courses? Have you learned a bit about accessibility, but haven’t had the time to try it? Join us this summer!

This year’s Summer Institute will provide the framework, and support you need to learn and incorporate accessibility principles in your course. In this hybrid workshop, you’ll start by learning some basics of accessibility, then develop a plan for a significant but do-able project to complete during the summer. Project suggestions include:

  • Ensure several modules of a course are accessible
  • Modify all of the online lectures to accessible formats
  • Update a course to be completely accessible

After the initial meeting, you’ll learn through Canvas modules and personalized support via Zoom from your fellow faculty experts. By the end of summer, you'll have something shiny and accessible, and be ready to plug it into your course. You will see what cool stuff other faculty are doing, too.

The institute is a mix of face-to-face and online components. The schedule is:

  • Face-to-face: Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 1:30-5:00pm
  • Online course materials to support your project
  • Online group and individual check-ins via Zoom (two or more, depending on your project)
  • Face-to-face: Monday, September 17, 2018, 1:30-5:00pm

Faculty who participate in the institute will receive a $500 stipend. In order to receive the stipend you must:

  • Attend both face-to-face sessions
  • Attend at least one of the live online sessions
  • By the September 17, 2018 meeting, complete the project you specified.

Sign up today; registration is limited to 20, and will close Monday, June 18 , 2018 at 12:00 noon.

23rd Annual Faculty & Staff of Color Conference

October 31 November 2, 2018
Semiahmoo Resort     
Blaine, Washington

The FSOCC Planning Committee invites you to submit a workshop proposal for the 2018 Faculty & Staff of Color in Higher Education Conference. This year, the conference  theme is Building Bridges & Making Connections: Together we make it great. Proposals should explain how your workshop fits into one or more of the following focus areas:

  1. Promising Practices: Workshops in this area should highlight current programming or services at your institution that you feel are the ‘best of the best.’ Proposals should spotlight programs and services that serve students, faculty or staff and that are innovative, adaptable and have impact on the people or the institution they serve.
  2. Cultural Competence and Awareness: Workshops should raise awareness about people of color in the United States and build capacity for helping participants understand themselves and others.
  3. Building Capacity: Workshops should build personal or professional development and give participants opportunities to reflect.
  4. Trending Topics: Workshops should be related to current events and look at the effect of these events on higher education.
  5. Recruitment, Hiring and Retention: Workshops should focus on your institution’s processes, efforts and strategies for recruiting, hiring, supporting and retaining faculty and staff of color.
  6. Trainings and Professional Development: Workshops should develop personal and professional competencies for faculty and staff of color.
  7. Work/Life Balance: Workshops should build on personal growth to include mindfulness, self-health & wellness, healing, and afford participants opportunities to reflect.


  • Identify at least one conference focus area
  • Describe how the workshop fits the conference theme
  • Describe any interactive aspects of the proposed workshop
  • Identify the learning outcomes of the workshop
  • Name the primary contact person
  • Submit electronically before the deadline

This conference draws higher education professionals from Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with the bulk of participants attending from Washington State. The audience is a mix of new and experienced professionals  from all areas and job classifications, representing both 2-year and 4-year public/private institutions.


  • Discounted registration fee (two presenters will receive 50% of their registration fee)
  • Recognition of name and organization on conference materials
  • Opportunity to present to a community of your peers in a non-competitive, supportive environment
  • Professional development opportunity for enhancing presentation skills and public speaking
  • Statewide exposure for you and your institution

    For more information contact Beabe Akpojovwo (beabeakpojovwo@bellevuecollege.edu)