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Student Incident Flow Chart

The Bias Incident Response/Support Team (BIRST) addresses campus climate and advocacy for persons affected by bias motivated incidents at South Seattle Community College. BIRST consists of a team of campus employees who are standing members or appointed by campus employees and trained in identifying, addressing, and documenting incidences of bias on campus. In cases where an offender can be identified, there are existing campus procedures to follow (as outlined in this document); however, instances in which the offender is unknown, the BIRST acts as the primary point of contact and advocate. BIRST works closely with other campus departments to ensure the appropriate documentation and reporting of all bias incidences.


A Bias Motivated Incident is an action in which a person or group is intentionally targeted and subjected to harassment because of their actual or perceived disability; race, ethnicity, or national origin; religion; sexual orientation, and, for the purposes of this plan, sex, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, but the offense does not rise to the level of a crime.

Role of the Bias Incident Response/Support Team

  • Making every effort to contact person affected within 24 hours and, while respecting whatever decision they have made, encourage them to pursue some type of assistance.
  • Providing advice on the college's discrimination complaint procedures, and academic assistance.
  • Providing advocacy for the person affected in other proceedings.
  • Providing appropriate counseling referral to the person affected.
  • Providing appropriate medical referral.

Bias Incident Response/Support Team (BIRST)

Name Department Contact
Dorrienne Chinn BTS Faculty 206.934.6702 
Teri Nakashima Academic Faculty 206.934.5825
Cessa Heard-Johnson Dean of Diversity, Retention and Student Life 206.934.6749
James Lewis Manager of Safety & Security 206-934-5157
Ricardo Leyva-Puebla Director of Diversity and Retention 206-934-6455
  United Student Association Student Advocate Position 206-934-6752
Jennifer Lowe Program Assistant, Nursing Classified 206-934-6680
Rosie Rimando-Charensaup Vice President of Student Services 206-934-6763
Allen Stowers Professional Technical Faculty 206.934.6897
Kathy Vedvick Director of Human Relations 206-934-6415


Jerry Brockey Student Center
(JMB 133)


Monday - Thursday:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

8:30 am to 1:00 pm