anti-bias policy at pscs

At PSCS, we define diversity to include race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, different physical and cognitive abilities, and religion. We recognize that there may be other areas in need of attention that we have not identified here, or that will emerge with time. PSCS has an open admissions policy that reflects our aim to respect individual differences and learn from diversity.

We admit students of any racial, national, religious, or ethnic origin, from all backgrounds, belief systems, family dynamics, and orientations. In short, we recognize and invite the participation of all people, not discriminating on any basis in the administration of our programs.

Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment,
Micro-Aggression/Violence, and Retaliation

Every member of PSCS is entitled to study/work in an environment free of harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, family structure, marital status, genetic info, different abilities, neurodiversity, veteran or other protected status. PSCS does not tolerate harassment, regardless of whether the conduct is verbal, physical, or environmental.

Harassment is unwanted behavior, speech, writing, or pictures directed at an individual or group because of their race, color, sex, religion, or other descriptive identification. But harassment is not about sex, race, color, etc. It is about intimidation, control, misuse of power, and the attempt to deny equality. It can be blatant or subtle, one incident or a pattern. It can happen between students, between adults, or between an adult and a student. It can happen at any age. It does not matter if the person who is doing the harassment says they were only kidding or just having fun.

Harassment based on an individual's identity is a form of discrimination prohibited by PSCS. Harassment, including sexual harassment, based on any identity category, is unacceptable. PSCS will not tolerate any form of harassment that violates this policy. In the case of sexual harassment, it is important to recognize the difference between flirting and harassing behavior. Flirting is wanted and feels good. Harassment is unwanted and feels bad.

Microaggression/Violence are the everyday slights, insults, indignities, and denigrating messages that, whether intentional or unintentional, transmit hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to a target person because they belong to a stigmatized group. Microaggressions/violence are often framed positively (Your braids are so cool. Let me touch them. -or- Since you (Asian Americans) are so good at math, can you help me with a problem?). These messages may be sent verbally, nonverbally, or environmentally (like never participating in Affinity Groups or using an American Indian mascot as an avatar) and are particularly stressful for people on the receiving end as they are easily denied by those committing them.

Featured Profile

Deb Schaack

Deb Schaack

PSCS friend, past staff-, board- member, and volunteer, Deb Schaack, first got involved with PSCS in 1997 after completing a year of service with AmeriCorps. Deb taught at the school for nine years before becoming an entrepreneur. She ran Central Physical Therapy & Fitness, with her partner, Jutta, for many years before they both retired and moved to Port Townsend.

Identifying the highlight of her time at PSCS is not easy.

“As anybody who’s been involved with PSCS for any stretch of time will tell you, it’s very difficult to pick out just one memorable moment. It’s more like a stream of moments. A few that come to mind: sitting motionless with a couple students on a backpacking trip as we watch an obviously just-born fawn try out her legs . . . walking through freezing rain on a peace walk chanting with monks . . . working with students to create an in-school snack store.”

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