Inclusion & Diversity

Ukraine is in our Hearts 

“The Colorado Community College System is committed to the ability of our students and alumni to learn, grow, and thrive locally, nationally, and internationally through education. Any conflict that disrupts their ability to do so can have a long-term and irreparable impact on their lives and their future and the recent aggression and invasion by Russian forces directed at the people of Ukraine is a particularly dramatic example of such a disruption. We want our students and employees to know that, during these most challenging times, CCCS stands with our students and their right to pursue an education and improve their lives in an environment free from violence, aggression, and conflict, and we believe that Ukraine, like all countries, has a right to democracy, freedom, and self-determination.”

-Joe Garcia, Chancellor, CCCS

-Dr. Ryan Ross, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion

“Amid the saddening news of escalated conflict in Ukraine, we would like to offer a message of solidarity and support to our Red Rocks Community College family. Now more than ever, it is the time for all of us to come together. As a community we can be a source of strength to each other in times of fear and loss in all parts of the world and it is crucial to support everyone regardless of their background, nationality or faith. We would like to remind you all that we have services in place to assist any of you who are feeling vulnerable and/or are directly affected by the invasion of Ukraine.”

-Dr. Michele Haney, RRCC President

Resources:

Ukraine Crisis- How can I help Ukraine? International Rescue Committee Resources(link is external)

Conflict in Ukraine poses immediate threat to children-Unicef

Want to support the people of Ukraine? Here’s how to help-NPR

Save Lives in Ukraine-Come Back Alive

Ukraine invasion explained-NPR

Immigration Resources: Ukraine- NAFSA

International Committee of the Red Cross-Ukraine

Temporary Protection Status for Ukraine-USCIS

 


WELCOME

Welcome to Inclusion & Diversity at Red Rocks Community College!  Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, ancestry, or any other category protected by applicable law. 

We also believe in going further. At RRCC we have a focus on inclusion and equity. We strive to create a community in which everyone feels respected and valued for their unique talents and contributions, and where people from all backgrounds are able to achieve their goals. The Center for Inclusion & Diversity is here to support you at Red Rocks, whether it is through your educational journey as a student or your employment as a faculty or staff member. Red Rocks Community College acknowledges that inclusion and equity are multifaceted and complex concepts, and that our efforts in these areas will require innovation, intention, and an institutional commitment to these principles.

Inclusive Excellence drives our approach to engagement. Please review the information available here, and do feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We exist to serve you!

Mission: The Center for Inclusion and Diversity strives to create a climate of inclusion where students, faculty, and staff are supported and empowered in their personal journeys. Through equity in access, developmental opportunities, and holistic education, we will prepare all members of the RRCC community to actively engage in an increasingly diverse and global society.

Student Learning Goals:

  1. Students will develop a deeper understanding of their own cultures as well as those of others; they will develop skills in communicating across cultural differences.
  2. Students will gain knowledge in the ways that power and privilege affect the lived experiences of people from a variety of backgrounds.
  3. Students will be exposed to opportunities and resources that will support them as successful students and lifelong learners.

Our Team!

RRCC Inclusion & Diversity includes the LSAMP STEM Scholars Program, as well as Veteran Services!


Land Acknowledgment Statement

In the spirit of healing, Red Rocks Community College acknowledges and honors the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Ute Tribes, recognizing that the land occupied by RRCC is located in the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of these Indigenous peoples. We also acknowledge and honor the forty-eight known tribal nations that have lived, traded and traveled this land throughout history. RRCC recognizes the significant contribution of Indigenous cultures in our State, within our communities and within the land on which we are privileged to gather, live, learn, and work today. We recognize the vital importance of honoring these beginnings and the dedication and importance of Indigenous voices who courageously bring the truth of our history as a state.

The theft of Indigenous land occurred alongside vicious brutalities that were inflicted on Indigenous Americans, and culminated in a senseless atrocity, known as the Sand Creek Massacre in November of 1864 (site located in Eads, Colorado). This massacre resulted in the deaths and bodily mutilations of upwards of 200 innocent Arapaho and Cheyenne people, two-thirds of whom were women and children. RRCC acknowledges that the racist aggressions, systemic injustices, and blatant murders committed by the US government and settlers against the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, Ute and all peoples of the Americas, have yet to be satisfactorily addressed or acknowledged through adequate actions of restorative justice. RRCC stands in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Colorado as they seek equity and reparation in their ancestral homelands. 

Suggested Use- Shorter Email Statement

In the spirit of healing, Red Rocks Community College acknowledges and honors the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Ute Tribes, recognizing that the land occupied by RRCC is located in the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of these Indigenous peoples. We also acknowledge and honor the forty-eight known tribal nations that have lived, traded and traveled this land throughout history. RRCC stands in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Colorado.

Suggested Use- Syllabus Statement

In the spirit of healing, Red Rocks Community College acknowledges and honors the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Ute Tribes, recognizing that the land occupied by RRCC is located in the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of these Indigenous peoples. We also acknowledge and honor the forty-eight known tribal nations that have lived, traded and traveled this land throughout history. RRCC recognizes the significant contribution of Indigenous cultures in Colorado, within our communities and within the land on which we are privileged to gather, live, learn, and work today. We recognize the vital importance of honoring these beginnings and the dedication and importance of Indigenous voices who courageously bring the truth of our history as a state. RRCC stands in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Colorado.

*for more information please reach out to the Inclusion and Diversity Department. 


Center of Multicultural Excellence

This space is a designated supported space were we (the Center of Multicultural Excellence) support RRCC value of Inclusiveness by providing an atmosphere where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, can find support, build community, and participate in intercultural dialogue.

Virtual Discord Space


LGBTQIA+ Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) Center at RRCC is a space for LGBTQIA+ community members and allies to come together to share resources, support, and discussion about topics relevant to the community. 

LGBTQIA+ Virtual Center on Discord

Miss hanging out, chatting, playing games, and just generally enjoying spending time with other queer and trans community members? Join our Discord server to connect with other LGBTQIA+ folks. It’ll be a forum space for sharing information, chatting about life, sharing art, and talking about gaming – plus there’s a voice/video chat space!


Strategic Plans

Shaping the Future: The 2019-2025 RRCC Strategic Plan

Inclusive Excellence: RRCC Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Inclusive Excellence: Veteran Services Addendum

Red Rocks Community College Diversity Ledger

 

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