LGBTQ Student Success Initiative

Standing with all Washington State community and technical colleges and students, beginning Winter Quarter 2014 Whatcom Community College will implement new questions during enrollment regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Data collected from these questions will provide a better sense of the full scope of our student population, supporting the need for additional programs and services for our students. 

We are committed to promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) students at Whatcom, and in order to do this, we need your help. Collecting data will allow us to know more about our students and thus, be better prepared to design and develop curricular and co-curricular programs that reflect students’ diverse perspectives and experiences.


View the video above to hear from your fellow students or see how King 5 News covered the new initiative here.


Community college student leaders proposed the sexual orientation and gender identity questions to the State Board to increase response to students’ needs while tracking the success of the LGBTQ population as a whole. Implementation of this new process serves as testimony of our commitment to diversity, academic achievement, and student success. With an improved picture of our campus community, we can enhance the Whatcom experience for all students with opportunities such as:

  • Campus Safe Zones Projects and Training
  • Student, Staff, and Faculty Professional Development
  • Mentoring for LGBTQ Organizations and Clubs
  • Course Offerings
  • Funding and Scholarships
Whatcom's Commitment to Diversity
Data Collection
Frequently Asked Questions
History & Background
Resources & Contact Information

We understand that each student’s experience with the questions will vary. Sexual orientation and gender identity information remains confidential and will not be shared with outside agencies/institutions, peers, instructors, or parents.