Ricardo Leyva-Puebla
Director - Office of Diversity & Retention

The Director is responsible for the Office of Diversity & Retention, which includes the Cultural Center and the Women's Center. The goals and responsibilities of the office are: to conduct outreach activities, provide campus-wide professional development, offer opportunities for multicultural curriculum transformation, assess campus-wide climate, provide educational opportunities for students, and provide academic success and support services.

Phone: (206) 934-6455
Email: Ricardo.Leyva-Puebla@seattlecolleges.edu
Office hours: M-Th, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Office: RSB 158

Ricardo Leyva-Puebla

Mission Statement

Mission Statement: Diversity & Retention is a network of departments working together to foster an inclusive campus community by providing education about diversity, social justice, gender equity, and multiculturalism. We advocate for the academic persistence and success of students of color and underrepresented groups through leadership opportunities, support services, programming, and college-wide initiatives.

2009-2011 Strategic Goals

  1. Provide academic success and support services to students that identify as people of color, women, LGBTQ and other underrepresented groups in order to help them persist academically and ultimately achieve their academic and career goals.
  2. Provide Cultural Center and Women’s Center staff with leadership development opportunities for personal growth and to enhance their abilities as advocates of the students they serve.
  3. Provide educational opportunities for students, faculty, and staff in the areas of gender equity and multicultural awareness.
  4. Provide the President’s Committee on Diversity & Retention with professional development opportunities to enhance their abilities as an advisory group to the President and advocacy group to the campus. This includes assessment of diversity issues affecting campus climate.
  5. Conduct outreach activities to create and maintain relationships with campus departments, community based groups, business and organizations to better serve the needs of students that identify as people of color, women, LGBTQ and other underrepresented groups.


Jerry Brockey Student Center
(RSB 158)


Monday - Thursday:
8:30 am to 5 pm

8:30 am to 1 pm