South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) recently announced that Parfait Bassalé will be its new chief diversity officer. This is a new role on the College’s executive leadership team.

In his role, Bassalé plans to further support the college’s core equity theme and commitment to cultivate an environment that reduces barriers and removes equity gaps.

Bassalé has been with SPSCC for three years as the director of the A. Barbara Clarkson Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Center (DEIC). In that role, Bassalé and DEIC staff worked to make the center a welcoming and supportive space that promotes the growth and development of the campus community.

“My tenure here so far has been a good experience,”Bassalé said in a release. “The College’s leadership has demonstrated time and again that they are committed to doing hard work on difficult issues and I feel hopeful and confident that change will ensue.”

Under Bassalé’s leadership, the DEIC has equipped students, staff, and faculty with tools and programs to work on equity and diversity in meaningful ways.

“To achieve the goals set out in our strategic plan and respond to the needs of our entire campus community, Parfait will lead this same kind of work from the highest levels of our organization,” SPSCC president Dr. Timothy Stokes said in a release. “He will also lead campus-wide efforts and actions aimed at transforming our institution, dismantling racism at the systemic level, and establishing equitable structures and processes in every aspect of what we do.”

In addition to his work at SPSCC, Bassalé will work to address system-wide equity issues by representing SPSCC on the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ newly formed Chief Diversity and Equity Officers Commission.