OLYMPIA, Wash. -

South Puget Sound Community College says it was a mistake for an employee group to invite only people of color to a diversity "happy hour."

The Dean of College Relations, Kellie Purce Braseth told KING the group that sent out the email last week apologized the next day and canceled the event.

She says the college believes the best way to celebrate and discuss diversity is to include everyone.

A coordinator for the school's Diversity and Equity Center, Karama Blackhorn, said the invitation could have been worded differently, but she maintains staff members of color would have a more honest discussion about race without white employees.