About Us

Columbia Basin College (CBC) is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

An institution is given the HSI designation when they reach a full time Hispanic student enrolling population of 25%. CBC is currently at 47% full time Hispanic student enrolling population.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at CBC: An Introduction

What is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)?

At CBC, we work to create equitable opportunities and support for students, faculty and staff of color and other minoritized or underrepresented populations on our campuses. We know this work helps us to improve outcomes for students college-wide. We invite all members of the CBC community to join us to promote DEI-related initiatives, or simply join the discussion and learn more about this important work.

Strategic Plan

Columbia Basin College’s Strategic Plan, Inclusivo: Hawks Soaring Together, will guide the College through the year 2025, and is full of equity-centered goals designed to ensure all voices are heard, all people are represented, and all students are provided their best opportunity for success.

Strategic Plan - English

Strategic Plan


DEI Definitions

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) maintains an online collection of research and resources, which includes helpful lists of commonly used DEI-related words and their definitions.

DEI Terms

CBC DEI Committee

The purpose of the DEI Committee is to uphold Columbia Basin College’s DEI Value statement. Our committee affirms and celebrates the ongoing work at CBC and will raise awareness of existing and informal barriers to diversity and inclusivity and will advocate towards systemic change to create greater equity for non-dominant populations at CBC.  

Columbia Basin College’s DEI Value Statement is as follows:

We celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion in all its forms, and we believe that our many unique perspectives make us stronger. Diversity among our team enriches our institution and our students’ experience. We are dedicated to eliminating barriers to success through intentional and equitable efforts to provide quality learning opportunities.

Fast Facts

Total Student Body and Students by Gender

All Students by Race/Ethnicity

Fast Facts


of students are black, indigenous or people of color


of the CBC Foundation Scholarship recipients are female


of students are first generation


of students are non-traditional age (25 or older)


Students walking around CBC's Pasco campus