CCAC has long been committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion for students, staff and faculty. Preparing students to think and operate in a global arena is critical to helping promote student success and the growth of the region and nation. CCAC is committed to a collaborative and developmental strategy that seeks to embed the goals and values of diversity and inclusion into every office, department and function of the college. The core belief is that promoting diversity and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility.
Central to CCAC’s efforts is the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion (OIDI), which coordinates many of the college’s diversity initiatives, engages with external groups and helps to educate the college community about multiculturalism, diversity and related topics.
The college’s Tactical Plan for Diversity & Inclusion identifies nine institutional goals over a five-year period. These goals are both internal and external. They include increasing the diversity of the student body and among the faculty, staff and administration as well as building awareness of diversity collegewide. The goals also include expanding external partnerships, recognizing contributions to diversity in the community and growing the proportion of college contracts awarded to diverse firms.
Clear vision and strong support reflect the college’s commitment to making the implementation of this tactical plan a collaborative and developmental process. As these goals and values become a part of every office and department across CCAC’s many campuses and centers, the college will be positioned to deliver the diverse, skilled workforce that will ensure the region’s prosperity.
Did you know?
Today, more than 55% of all minorities and women in higher education attend community colleges. This presence is important with respect to future workforce needs and the role of the more than 1,200 community colleges nationwide in preparing this workforce. By the year 2016, 51% of individuals entering the workforce will be women, minorities or foreign-born individuals. Two-thirds of these jobs will require training available at most two-year institutions.