Immigrant and Refugee Resources

At Green River

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is "an inclusive, safe, welcoming and accessible space students" at Green River College. "Our staff are capable of approaching diverse students, staff/faculty and community members with respect to get the core of what they need."

Offering the following services:

Peer navigating & mentorship
Diversity Programming & Events
Inclusive & Safe Spaces
Passports to Careers & guidance
Diversity Clubs and Organizations
Internship Opportunities
Book Loan program

Additional Resources at GRC

Career and Advising |  (253) 833-9111 ext. 2641


 Counseling Services | (253) 833-9111 ext. 2460

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Enrollment Services and Registrar (Records) | (253) 833-9111 ext. 2500

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Financial Aid | (253) 833-9111 ext. 2449

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Safety and Transportation |  (253) 833-9111 ext.. 3350


Completion Center | (253) 833-9111 ext. 2560

Student Government and Student Clubs | (253) 833-9111 ext. 2410

Workforce Education | (253) 833-9111 ext. 2211

TRiO | (253) 833-9111 ext. 2655

Disability Support Services | (253) 833-9111 ext. 2631

Statements of Support

Letter to Green River Community from Interim President Scott Morgan, February 3, 2017

Green River College Community:

Members of our campus have expressed concern over vulnerable communities within our college. While there are efforts to address all communities within our college, these steps address the needs of undocumented students, Muslim students, LGBTQ students and any other students who feel threatened given their religion, beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, ethnicity or race.

While potential changes in federal immigration policy could have an impact on our undocumented and documented students—including potential changes in laws and policies that protect individuals from discrimination and harassment—Green River College will remain a safe and welcoming community that supports and promotes the First Amendment rights of students, faculty, staff, and guests.

We affirm:

  • support for all students
  • protection to the privacy rights of students as granted by FERPA
  • Green River’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • our mission to “Ensure student success through comprehensive educational programs and support services responsive to our diverse communities.”

We have operated and will continue to operate to uphold these values:

  • Green River will uphold our legal obligation to protect the privacy rights of all students by observing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We will not release nondirectory student information unless legally compelled to do so, and will continue to offer FERPA workshops to students to increase awareness of their rights under this law.
  • Green River will provide in‐state tuition rates to all students who otherwise satisfy our residency guidelines as dictated by the State of Washington.
  • Green River will work with appropriate community partners to foster access to support services for undocumented immigrant students.
  • Green River will sponsor events, workshops and listening sessions to connect students to the resources and information they need.
  • Green River will provide funding opportunities to departments offering diversity, equity and inclusion training programs for Green River in addition to existing and planned training opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Green River departments, councils and student groups will also offer a variety of learning opportunities.
  • Green River will continue to build the college’s capacity for respectful and challenging dialogue across differences—this includes providing space for dissenting points of view.
  • The contracted public safety officers will not enforce federal immigration laws as they do not have the legal authority to do so. They will remain committed to working to make Green River safe and welcoming for all.
  • Green River will examine the student data we collect to ensure we do not collect more than is necessary to enroll students.
  • The Green River College Foundation will continue to help ensure that students in our region have access to an outstanding education at Green River regardless of their ability to pay. Foundation staff will work with donors interested in providing philanthropic support for the Green River scholarships for first generation, low‐income students who are ineligible to apply for federal financial aid.
  • Green River will work with students, staff, administrators, and faculty to create an environment free of hostilities, aggressions, and bullying regarding immigration status, religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation/identity, or national origin.
  • Green River will communicate that all students, staff, administrators, and faculty are full members of the GRC community and protected to the fullest power of the administration.

Scott Morgan
Interim President
Green River College

GRC Institutional Policies and Practices Protecting Constituents

Policies and Practices

  • Confidentiality of Student Records Policy – In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), GRC enforces guidelines concerning information about the student’s permanent educational record and governs the conditions of its disclosure. The College will not provide information contained in student records in response to inquiries unless the student has given consent to the College in writing. While the college may provide directory information, exceptions will be made if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals or disclosure is required by law and court-mandated. Any law enforcement agent in search of an individual or seeking institutional information should be directed to the Vice President of  Student Affairs Office or Human Resources.


  • Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy – GRC supports its non-discrimination policy that protects individuals from discrimination and harassment regardless of their age, color, creed, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, immigration status, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression not because it is required by law, but because it’s the right thing to do. We support and affirm our entire College community, especially those whose identities and communities are marginalized. GRC celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equity, and holds these values at the heart of our College. GRC also affirms its commitment to rigorous academic debate and inquiry, and never should discrimination and harassment be confused for the former. We call on our College community to engage in civil, respectful conversation with one another and to model for our society what compassion should look like.


  • Student Code of Conduct – GRC inspires all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. GRC students are both citizens and members of the College community. As citizens, students shall enjoy the same freedoms that other citizens enjoy. As members of the College community, they are subject to those responsibilities which accrue to them by virtue of this membership. Admission to GRC carries with it the expectation that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the college community, that they will comply with established rules and regulations of the College, maintain high standards of honesty and integrity, and respect the rights, privileges, and property of other members of the College community.