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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)

Allen Stowers
Faculty, Professional Technical


Amelia Nguyen (not available in Summer)
Student Issues and Concerns Chair,
United Student Association


Dorrienne Chinn
Faculty, Basic and Transitional Studies


Erin Barzen
Completion Coach Lead, Student Services


Greg Dempsey
Dean of Enrollment Services,
Student Services


James Lewis
Manager of Safety & Security


Jennifer Lowe
Program Assistant, Nursing


Kathy Vedvick
Director of Human Relations


Ricardo Leyva-Puebla
Director of Diversity and Retention


Rose Kolovrat
Director, Special Student Services


Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap
Vice President of Student Services


Sarah Bowman
Executive Assistant, Student Services


Teri Nakashima
Faculty, Academic



Jerry Brockey Student Center
(JMB 133)


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

8:30 am to 1:00 pm