Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi
Greetings! My name is Ron Holland, and diversity is at the core of everything I do. I hold a master’s degree in teaching English as a Second Language and have worked directly and indirectly for social justice in higher education for over fifteen years.
I began my work in higher education in 2003 at Lake Washington Technical College teaching all levels of English as a Second Language to students from around the world while working part-time at Bellevue College in Multicultural Services as a program coordinator; there my duties included managing a mentor and tutor program for students of various backgrounds. In 2005, I joined the TRiO Student Support Services team as a student support specialist and then went on to become the assistant director. In 2008, I moved from teaching English as a Second Language at Lake Washington Technical College to teaching English for Bellevue College’s Adult Basic Education program. In 2014, I began teaching for Bellevue College’s English department and am now full-time faculty.
Some of the many highlights experienced during my career all focus on the issues of diversity and student success. Through my years, I conducted student success and intercultural communications workshops at the Washington State Student of Color and Faculty and Staff of Color Conferences, co-created Multicultural Service’s Compressive Success Initiative with Dr. Ata Karim, and had the honor to receive Bellevue College’s Margin of Excellence Award. I have had the pleasure to present for the English department on “Improving Student Success through Third Person Affirmation”, and I helped start Bellevue College’s first-ever Educational Equity workshop for faculty. Most recently, I have provided workshops on diversity for Bellevue College through the Faculty Commons and the Office of Diversity, and I lead various Courageous Conversations on race, sex, and religion.
I now hold the honor of contributing to and compiling information for the diversity and student success section of the Faculty Common’s SharePoint site. In addition, I coordinate efforts to encourage others to contribute to Bellevue College’s first ever diversity blog. I look forward to working with the campus community to further the conversation on our various diversities and sharing in practices and methodology that enhances student success, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
Move forward with hope and change.