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EDI Strategic Priorities

1 - Inclusive Culture and Campus Climate

Cultivate and foster an inclusive environment, where all feel welcome, safe, and a sense of belonging. 

  • Promote opportunities for the college community to weigh in on and stay informed about policy and programming decisions.
  • Implement a People of Color (POC) caucus, to create a safe and inclusive space where faculty and staff can build affinity and collectively use their voice.
  • Provide continuous in-depth Culturally Responsive, Unconscious Bias and Racial Equity training, as a mandatory College-wide effort.
  • Provide workshops and professional development opportunities for team building, crucial conversations, and dismantling inappropriate conversations, teaching practices, and culturally insensitive remarks,

2 - Equity, Access, and Engagement 

Actively seek to dismantle systemic inequities and close the opportunity/achievement gap.

  • Identify and remedy barriers contributing to lower retention rates for historically marginalized groups. Collaboratively develop best practice strategies for increasing retention and completion of underrepresented students.
  • Provide support in implementing EDI goals in every division to improve student outcomes.
  • Develop an Equity Tool to help guide and inform institutional decision-making processes, policy creation, policy review, programming, and interventions.
  • Develop and embed EDI into curriculum and instructional practices (e.g., diversity designation policy and inclusive pedagogy) 

3 - Faculty and Staff Diversity

Increase and retain a diverse workforce that reflects our college’s student body and surrounding communities.

  • Embed EDI competencies into the hiring process, criteria, evaluation of applicants, onboarding, and retention. 
  • Implement mandatory Inclusive Hiring Practices training for hiring committees and managers. 
  • Implement Employee Resource Groups to build workforce engagement.   
  • Strengthen partnerships with community-based organizations that provide services to underrepresented populations within our service area.   

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