Equity & Inclusion Council

The Equity & Inclusion Council is charged by the President to develop and support diversity strategies, policies, and programs on behalf of the college and to assist the administrators, faculty, staff, and students in realizing the potential benefits of a diverse workforce. 

As part of their work in 2019, the Council developed the following definitions to facilitate clear communication about these issues across the college:

Diversity: the broadest spectrum of humanity which include individual differences (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations)

Inclusion:  Active, intentional, and ongoing efforts to create a culture of belonging where individuals feel welcome, valued, and supported

Equity: the creation of opportunities, systems, and structures which remove barriers and close gaps in outcomes for those from historically underrepresented groups

Equity-Mindedness:  "The term 'Equity-Mindedness' refers to the perspective or mode of thinking exhibited by practitioners who call attention to patterns of inequity in student outcomes. These practitioners are willing to take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of their students, and critically reassess their own practices. It also requires that practitioners are race-conscious and aware of the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in American Higher Education." (Center for Urban Education, USC)

During the 2019 - 2020 academic year, the Council is working on development of the college's next strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  If you have input or ideas to contribute, please reach out to jen.macken@rrcc.edu

If you are interested in serving on the Diversity Council, complete our application and return it to jen.macken@rrcc.edu or Room 1254 on the Lakewood Campus.