Students walking from the Rainier Building

Annual Students of Color Conference

Each year Pierce Puyallup and Pierce Fort Steilacoom take students to a life-changing experience, the Students of Color Conference (SOCC). Student participants explore their cultural identities, deepen their awareness of others, build cross-cultural communication skills, and learn about social justice issues and activism. The conference also is an opportunity to network with other college students from Washington state. Last year over 600 students attended.

Students must apply and be selected to attend, as the travel, hotel and conference registration expenses are covered by Pierce College. That means it is a free opportunity for students to obtain leadership experience.

Here’s what Pierce College students are saying about the SOCC:

“I think that everyone should try to attend SOCC. It is a great experience and it definitely will open your eyes to a wonderful, beautiful, colorful world that has a lot to offer!”

“I also deepened my understanding about the world, my country, politics, and the media. These things, along with the different points of view that people brought to the occasion, deepened my understanding of how thoughts and images are used to influence the way people see themselves and each other.”

“It opened my eyes to so many things and it was Fun! I enjoy a diverse group of people, it also gave me the opportunity to meet students from my own campus and others also. We formed a social network, and it helps develop interpersonal relationship skills!”