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  • Diversity describes the coexistence of many cultures in society. By making the broadest range of human differences acceptable to the largest number of people, multiculturalism, as a function of cultural diversity, seeks to overcome racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. Historically, marginalized groups within society include but are not limited to, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Appalachian Americans, physically/mentally challenged, women and people with alternative life-styles.

    Mission  The mission of the Diversity Committee is to raise awareness and provide educational opportunities to the Edison State community, students, stakeholders and employees on the concepts of diversity, equity, marginalization and inclusive environments.

    Equity Statement  Edison State Community College is committed to equity. We recognize that individuals do not share the same circumstances or resources. We are committed to an environment that cultivates individuals and ensures they have an equal opportunity to succeed. As an inclusive college, we will continue to adopt practices that promote equity and social justice and build sustainable solutions to overcome inequity.

    Equity can be defined as the characteristic of being just and fair. We acknowledge that there are ongoing environments in which students are marginalized and underrepresented populations need access to resources that empower success and close achievement gaps. As an institution of higher education, Edison State Community College will pursue continuous quality improvement aimed at examining inequity and eliminating resource and achievement gaps allowing all students the opportunity to succeed.

    Diversity Strategic Plan

    Access and Representation  Research has shown that organizations with more diverse personnel achieve greater success, enjoy higher levels of creativity and ingenuity and maintain higher levels of job satisfaction. In educational institutions, research suggests that student engagement and learning is enhanced when students are exposed to more diverse perspectives, ideas, beliefs and world views. Increasing the diversity of our students, faculty and staff, and supporting their success, are elements of this theme.

    Campus Climate  Elements of this theme include the development of a welcoming and respectful campus environment, appropriate response to unwelcomed biases and mistreatment and the intentional inclusion of diverse backgrounds and cultures in all aspects of the campus, including curriculum, campus activities, art, architecture, personnel and campus life.

    Education and Training  Essential to this theme is ensuring that students enrolled in degree and certificate programs gain the skills necessary for them to effectively interact and work in a multicultural community.  In and out of classroom experiences contribute to this goal and it is critical that faculty and staff have the skills needed to effectively interact with and educate a diverse student population.

    Evaluation and Recognition  In every long-term planning effort, it is beneficial to ensure that individuals and groups are recognized for their efforts in promoting its goals and outcomes.